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January 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Kenley Revival "Mini Museum" in December, the exhibitors who showed objects from their collections and our amazing volunteers who made the event run smoothly.  It was lovely to chat to you all.
On the 25th January we will be doing it all again, but this time our focus will be on the archaeology that has been done on the airfield during the life of the Kenley Revival Project. follow the link in the "Events" section at the bottom of this email for further details. 

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.

Photo: Linda Duffield


Article of the Month:

Love Overcomes Adversity For Robert Temple Pentland


The latest article to be added to our website tells the story of the terrible consequences of a flying accident at Kenley in December 1943 and the courage of an airman and his nurse.

Click here to read the full article on our website.

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

Kenley's Online Memorial

Work has begun on the online memorial to Kenley's fallen. We are hoping that it will become a searchable database of those who lost their lives flying from, or serving at, RAF Kenley. In time, we may add the fallen of Kenley's sector stations and other incidents linked to the local area. 

At the moment, there is no separate section for the online memorial but the data on the airmen is beginning to appear on the website at the bottom of the homepage, if you click on "All new pages."

One of the men commemorated is Acting Pilot Officer Donald James Catt, pictured above, who lost his life in a training accident on 17th January 1939. This photograph was sent to researcher Andy Long, by relatives of  Pilot Officer Catt and is shared with their permission.

You can read more about Donald Catt 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.

Kenley Revival Archaeology Mini Museum 

Saturday 25th January, 11am-4pm. FREE

City of London Merlewood Estate Office
Ninehams Rd


Come along to Merlewood Estate Office and see what has been learnt during our archaeological digs and restoration works. We will be joined by Jane Siddell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England and will be exhibiting some of the objects that have been found on the airfield. 

Free refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to warm up by the fire, if you've been out walking on the Common.

Entrance is FREE, and you are welcome to drop in throughout the day,  but it would help us if you registered here for a ticket, so we know how much cake we'll need!
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