Bringing World War II map-makers’ work to life


Date: 30th Apr 2019

Business students at Bucks New University are helping to promote the story of a secret Second World War map-making base, codenamed Hillside, that was at Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe.

Blogs designed by the students with information and stories about people who served at Hillside will feature on the Hughenden Manor website and help share some of the fascinating aspects of this period in the history of the house.Hughenden Manor work

Hillside played such a critical role supporting the pilots of Bomber Command that it was on Hitler’s list of top targets during the Second World War.

The blogs will aid content around the opening of a new permanent exhibition that will shed light on how the secret map-making operations taking place at Hughenden helped shape the outcome of the war. The exhibition will see  rooms for the first time fully accessible to all visitors.

Alison Kidgell, Volunteering Development Manager at Hughenden Manor, said: ‘The blog proposals from the Bucks New University team were refreshing and insightful and we will be using them to help tell Hughenden’s war-time story.’

Zara Parveen, studying BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance, said: “Hillside is fascinating and we created a template for a blog celebrating people’s stories and contributions, and questioning if, 80 years on, we ourselves would have done the same thing.

“All our meeting were at Hughenden and this helped us to remember why we were doing the work we were and gave us the chance to see first-hand what people would experience when they visited the Manor. It was a real pleasure to work with Hughenden.”

The students’ team comprised Devon Sale, studying BA (Hons) Business Management; Maheen Talat, studying BA (Hons) Marketing; Hena Syed, studying BA (Hons) Marketing; and Khairat Juma, studying BsC (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Hughenden Manor has also circulated questionnaires designed by the students to gauge how to attract younger visitors and volunteers. Other suggestions the students came up with included ideas for a stall in High Wycombe to attract greater numbers of people from the town to visit the Manor.

As well as Hughenden Manor, other groups of second-year Business Management, Marketing, and Accounting and Finance Students worked with a range of businesses and companies on live briefs.

These were presented at a showcase event at Bucks New University featuring work with social enterprise Khepera, CSSC Sports & Leisure, Hounds for Heroes, and Bucks New University’s Gateway Gym.

Senior Lecturer Mary Simpson said: “The showcase event was a great way for the students to demonstrate all the work they have been doing with their clients. 

“There was a real buzz around the place as they were able to demonstrate how they have put the learning from their degree programmes into practice. It was a great event and all the guests commented on how well the students had done.”

Picture caption: Alison Kidgell with Bucks students. Photo: Nerea Rial.


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