The drawings were discovered during conservation work in the 1970s and 80s, and include horses, buildings, women and names. They were made using candle smoke which the soldiers traced around stencils, and also used to draw free-hand images.
From November 2019 to February 2020, Flodden Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) explored the 300-year-old illustrations at Berwick Barracks. Alongside Museums Northumberland and English Heritage staff, we were given behind-the-scenes access, and produced an animated film inspired by the graffiti.
We delved into the history of Berwick Barracks and the stories of the soldiers who lived there using 300-year-old documents stored in the Berwick upon Tweed Records Office. Learning about palaeography, the method historians use to read old handwritten documents, we discovered more about the lives of the soldiers.