Annington is delighted to support Waterloo Uncovered as headline sponsor for 2019-2021 at £50,000 per annum.
This UK charity combines a world‐class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with a support program for veterans and the military community. Working in partnership with some of Europe’s top universities, and through the unique perspective of a team comprised of archaeologists, veterans, and serving soldiers, Waterloo Uncovered aims to understand war and its impact on people — and to educate the public about it.
The charity's founders Mark Evans and Charlie Foinette studied archaeology together at University College London before joining the army. Both chose the Coldstream Guards, the British regiment that played a vital role in the allied victory at Waterloo and continues to see active service across the world today. In their military careers they led men in combat, saw war up close and personal, and felt its impact first hand – on the battlefield and at home.
In 2010, returning from Afghanistan, Mark was diagnosed with PTSD. Four years later when the MoD began a project to support veterans through archaeology, Charlie thought Mark would be an ideal candidate. They were both amazed by what they discovered — archaeology could help veterans recover and support their transition into civilian life.
A multifaceted discipline, archaeology offers opportunities to everyone no matter their ability or injury. In particular, it is very helpful to those who suffer or suffered from PTSD. The work not only provides interest and focus but is also meditative. Its outdoors and team based nature is particularly appealing to soldiers, and the chance to do work that will be appreciated and seen by the public makes it even more rewarding.
What is more, archaeology offers a real vocational experience; a number of those from the excavations have carried on with archaeology or have been inspired (back) into education. All who participate achieve something and play their part in uncovering some new and unique history.
The military community is at the heart of Waterloo Uncovered’s DNA, and military participants bring their unique perspective, skills, and experience to help the archaeology. In return, they get to learn new skills, have new experiences and support in the issues they are facing (recovery, transition, welfare, and more).
For further details on the charity's unique work with veterans at this important battlefield, please visit: http://www.waterloouncovered.com/
3rd February 2020 - Founders of Waterloo Uncovered received Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Point of Light Award:
COVID-19: In light of the pandemic, the 2020 Dig, the central element of the charity's 12 month Support Programme for veterans was cancelled and the entire Programme was instead delivered virtually. The cancellation of public fundraising events impacted on the charity's income for 2020 and so the Charity Committee agreed to make an additional donation of £22,000.