World War One: soldiers' abandoned island
11 June 2014 Last updated at 08:13 BST
Troops returning home from World War One were promised homes "fit for heroes" by Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
Under the scheme, several homes were built on Cleenish Island in County Fermanagh, but the relocation was not a success.
Researchers have started to look into why such a remote location was chosen.
Chris Buckler reports.