800 years of archives
Internment Research Centre @ The Heritage Hub
The Internment Research Centre (IRC) offers fascinating insights to anyone interested in past and present internment throughout the world.
The IRC hosts an amazing range of resources from the local to global, including insight to the home front experience, military history, minorities in wartime and family history You can find:
- Substantial collection of primary sources with a focus on the First World War.
- A UK Education Pack for P7 and older: Minorities on the Homefront ‘Enemy Alien’ internment in The British Empire 1914-1919.
- Translations of Stobsiade, the camp newspaper, produced by the internees and Prisoners of War.
- Translation of Karl Karle’s diary, an internee at Stobs Camp, Lancaster Camp, and Knockaloe Camp
If you wish to visit the IRC booking is essential. Please see Heritage Hub opening hours and contact details HERE.
Further information, including related material beyond the scope of the IRC, can be accessed via the online catalogue, Border Collections Online.
We are continuously expanding our collections. If you have any original texts, items or information pertaining to internment please get in touch, and see if we can help bring them to life for the wider research community.
Want to visit a site: Near Hawick is Stobs Camp which was an internment camp for civilian and military Prisoners of War during the First World War. It is an archaeological site of international importance that is open to visit any time.
About IRC: Based at the Heritage Hub in Hawick, IRC is a collaboration between Live Borders, Archaeology Scotland and Aston University, Birmingham. Established with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).