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March 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Congratulations Logan!

Logan Pennington, aged 11, is one of the winners of our Kenley Revival Art Competition, which was held at our Half Term Mini Museum. This beautiful drawing has won him a signed, framed print by local aviation artist Barry Weekley. 
All the entries will be on display at our next Mini Museum which will be part of the "Meet The Calves" event on 28th March. Please follow the link in the "Events" section at the bottom of this email for further details. 

Half Term Mini Museum

 We had a real treat for our Half Term Mini Museum - re-enactors from The Historical Display Team pulled out all the stops to take us back to a dispersal hut at RAF Kenley in 1940, complete with pilots in their flying gear and all the objects and furniture that would have been a familiar sight on the airfield. We even had 1940's music! 

2020 will be the last year of the Kenley Revival Project, so if your school or group would like a workshop, a talk or a tour of the airfield, please get in touch now. It is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, so there couldn't be a better time to connect with Kenley's military history.

Article of the Month:

Are You Related to Flying Officer Shepard?


Flying Officer Frederick Hubert Guy Shepard was one of the first pilots to lose his life while serving at RAF Kenley, when his DH4 bi-plane suffered mechanical failure during a flight to the North-East of England on 2nd October 1919. 
Sadly, his name has become illegible on his grave marker in St. Laurence churchyard, Hillingdon, so the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are preparing a new marker that will be placed alongside his striking original memorial. As part of that process they are looking for relatives of Shepard in order to ascertain their wishes. Please contact the CWGC at

Flying Officer Shepard is one of the recent additions to our online memorial. You can read more about him here. 

Think you could write for our website? Take a look at our volunteering opportunities online.

Artefact Of The Month

One of the City Commons Ranger team found this on Kenley Common this month!
It's a post-war quick release box from a Sutton harness. The harness would have held the pilot securely in the cockpit and this fastener would have allowed him to release the straps quickly in an emergency. 

You can see more photos here. 

Do you have anything relating to RAF Kenley you can share?

We have an amazing online archive where you can upload memories, photographs, documents or links to other online sources which relate to RAF Kenley's history. We rely on the community to help us build what could be the most extensive resource of all things relating to RAF Kenley's past.  Get in touch with us via our website, Twitter and Facebook.

"Meet The Calves" and Mini Museum 

Saturday 28th March. Midday-3pm. FREE

City of London Merlewood Estate Office
Ninehams Rd


This month we will be opening up the Merlewood Estate Office yard to introduce the latest additions to the City Commons herd. You can learn about how their grazing helps the Rangers manage the chalk grassland on the Commons. There will be a chance to see the sheep too, as well as craft activities and a photo opportunity with our tractor. 

Kenley Revival will be opening up the Mini Museum again to display more objects and tell stories from the 100 year history of RAF Kenley. This month we will be focusing on some of the women connected with the airfield. There will be a chance to learn about a pilot's flying gear, see exhibits from the Home Front and try your hand at a wartime card game. 

No dogs please.  
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

More information here.
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