There have been a variety of initiatives undertaken by a range of professional and voluntary bodies, on the defence archaeology of the region since 2006. Unlike some research topics, local voluntary groups have been very active in recording the military archaeology of the North West. In part, this is due to the hundredth anniversary of the First World War (1914-18) and consequently dedicated funding flowing from the HLF and Historic England to encourage such projects. Whilst much of the research focus has been, therefore, on the First World War, redevelopment activity has affected several later 20th century military sites across the region, whilst other community engagement projects have studied defensive sites from the 19th century.

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