GRWP CADWRAETH Hut 9 preservation group

Former German POW Camp

Island Farm, Bridgend, WALES


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former GERMAN Prisoner of War Camp 198 & Special Camp XI

Island Farm, Bridgend, Wales


Registered Charity

No. 1198068


Chairman: Brett Exton, Projects Officer: Wayne Gill, Secretary: Stel Anthony



many thanks to all visitors

for supporting our


Open Weekend Event



To find out when our next event is and book your tickets, please visit:



Although not suitable for children under 5 or people with mobility issues, this is truly an educational and fun family day out.

Learn about Bridgend's massive ordnance factories, the American troops based at the camp, the German POW escape and the high ranking German officers held there.



Thank you for your continuous support

Hut 9 Preservation Group


See you all soon


The story behind this hand-drawn South Wales map.


Hut 9 Reenactors as POW German officers at Island Farm.

Bringing Hut 9 to life!



3 October 2021


Hut 9 fundraiser -

Thank You for your generous donations

you have Helped OUR GROUP

preserve the history of Island Farm


We raised funds for the purchase of our Visitor Centre; the building which has kindly been loaned to us to date.


Our Visitors' Centre, 11 March 2017

Our Visitors' Centre, on 11 March 2017


As a Preservation Group we have been established for 10 years and have built up incredible public support. We host open weekends which are so popular. They are fully booked literally in a few days with over a thousand people attending over the course of a single weekend.


From generous donations raised during these events we have already secured a considerable amount and with your donations we raised the remaining funds required to purchase  the Hut 9 Visitors Centre.


We would continue to refurbish and use this building as a Visitor Centre / museum. Without this building we have no storage, no display area or building from which to give our history talks.


Island Farm has been featured on numerous TV programmes and its history has literally touched countries across the world and we would truly be grateful if you could make a donation and help us to reach our target and preserve the WWII history of Bridgend.


Sincerest thanks for your solid support

Hut 9 Preservation Group Trustees

Brett, Wayne, Stel

& the cohort of our Volunteers and Re-enactors that bring our events to life...




15 October 2021


Channel 5, Tuesday 19 October 2021

Walking Wartime Britain - Episode 6


Discovering the people and places that changed the course of WWII

Hosted by acclaimed presenter Arthur Williams


Brett Exton tells the story of the Hut 9 Escape Tunnel

and the Welsh Great Escape



We are a local group of volunteers who have been asked to help preserve Hut 9, the last remaining building on the Island Farm POW camp site. Our group became a UK Charity in February 2022.


The history of this unique prisoner of war camp is of National significance for the 1939-1945 war period.


We have many aims for the future and some of these include the preservation of the building, its escape tunnel (The Welsh Great Escape) and the collection and preservation of all material pertaining to Island Farm and its former Prisoner of War Camp. This includes photographs, documents, eyewitness accounts and day-to-day objects used in the camp.

The Hut 9 Preservation Group and the cohort of our volunteers and re-enactors who bring Hut 9 to life, are looking forward welcoming you to our next Open Weekend Event at Island Farm.


Thank you all for your support and hope to see you soon at Hut 9.





Hut 9

Preservation Group


Registered Charity No. 1198068









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The Island Farm website has been created and is maintained by local historian Brett Exton. It contains 'bags' of information, facts, figures and very rare pictures. A very unique and the only and main true global source material reference on the web regarding the story of Island Farm.

The Hut 9 Preservation Group website has been created and is maintained by Stel Anthony.

by Brett Exton

by Stel Anthony



The Hut 9 Preservation Group, this web site and the two above are dedicated to the history and research of the Island Farm POW camp, the German POWs and the ROF in Bridgend, interned during the years 1938 -1948. Although the web sites make reference to profiles of many POWs both during WWI and WWII, our Group and the web sites are not about the politics of Nazism. 

The extensive use of photographs within these web sites are done so for historical purposes and should not be viewed as an attempt to glorify the tragic and sad events of WWII.

The web sites do not support in any way those who would condone or embrace individuals, groups and/or organisations that are intolerant, racist or violent.

The web sites do not support or endorse those that use the theme of WWII history to further their own political agenda.

It is through education, study and research that one may come to their own conclusions about WWII and the German experience. Those that do not attempt to do so are guilty of ignorance. Only through honest, objective and impartial research can one ever hope to understand the plight of so many millions of people during the Second World War.

The web sites are respectfully dedicated to all those who suffered and died during the most devastating war in human history, on all sides.


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