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May 2018


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Community Archaeology 2018 We need you!


There are still some spaces available for our archaeology event happening this year! - If you are interested make sure to sign up : book your place here.

Join us in investigating the hidden features around one of the World War II blast pens on site. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who will help us to investigate key heritage features on Kenley Common as part of the historic airfield. You will have the chance to work alongside MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Historic England.

There will be two groups on offer: 16 - 18 July and 23 - 25 July. If you would like to take part please sign up to either Group 1 (Monday 16 July) or Group 2 (Monday 23 July).

Please note that due to fairness and popularity, we would expect volunteer’s to attend one group and participate for all 3 days including attending a mandatory health and safety induction on the 1st day. Places are free and available on a first come first served basis so please do ensure you can commit to the duration of the dig.

Please note that the community archaeology will include physical tasks that may require you to work at ground level along with digging activities, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You must also be over 18 to participate.

If you would like to participate, please book your place here.
 
We will also be holding a public open day on Saturday 21 July similar to last year with guided tours on the archaeology of RAF Kenley along with a sandpit for kids to learn digging skills. Further details of this day will be available on our website and in our newsletter - watch this space!

If you would like to find out about the findings from last year's archaeology dig there is a report authored by Lead Archaeologist, Dave Sankey from MOLA which is available on our website.

Article of the Month: 'From Day to Night'


The most popular image of the Battle of Britain is blue skies and aircraft contrails as the opposing forces fought for the mastery of the sky over southern England. However, as early as 24 August 1940, the Luftwaffe started launching night time air raids. As this trend continued, and developed into what became known at The Blitz, Fighter Command was faced with a problem; how to tackle these raids.

Click here to read the whole article on our website.

With many thanks to Tony Adams, one of our dedicated website volunteers for writing this article. Tony dedicates a lot of time into intensive researching for the articles that go on to our website. 

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

Phyllis (bottom middle) and some fellow Land Girls

 

Oral History: Phyllis Elwood's memories of Kenley


"I was very undecided whether to train as a nurse or go in the land army. My friend decided she was going to be a nurse so I thought oh no, she is better than me so she will pass her exams and I wouldn’t so I’ll go in the Land Army. But my brother had already told me that “I do not want you to go in the forces as such like the ATS and such but if you want to be a nurse fair enough”. Think of the land army he said as you will be feeding us as well as yourselves." ...

"it was called the Surrey War Agricultural Executive Committee SWAC. …That was what we belonged to. SWAC. And it was so funny because the first place I went to was near Woking and it had been raining and it was all frosty and I got the brown shoes which they allocated us but they hadn’t got any gumboots and I said oh dear and she said I’ve got a pair here size 8 I take a size 4 so I had to take about 6 steps inside before my boots decided to move. But we had to get round all the people we could, to see if we could get a pair. I got a pair eventually." ...

The Kenley Revival Oral History volunteers were lucky to have interviewed Phyllis Elwood who grew up in Whyteleafe and was a Land Girl during the war. Click here to read more of his Kenley memories.

Read other incredible stories of those we have interviewed throughout the project by
clicking here.

Update from Charlotte our Learning Officer


Volunteer Drop-In
It was great to see so many volunteers at this month’s drop-in session at the Dene Coffee shop at Knights Garden Centre in Woldingham. It was nice to be able to answer your questions and tell you about the upcoming opportunities. I will be hosting a drop-in session once a month so keep an eye on your inbox for dates and times.

 
Schools
School groups have been enjoying our new workshops and tours, thank you to all of the volunteers that have helped us to deliver these! Here are a selection of the children’s comments telling us what Kenley means to them (see above).

Fancy some egg-less cake?


Our Women at War season explored the world of rationing, looking at the various ways people would save and re-purpose their rubbish and food as their allowance was so minimal. 

This egg-less cake recipe would have been similar to those made during the war. Fresh eggs were strictly rationed, so instead of eggs they would make things with powdered eggs, or even no egg at all. 

Want to try and make your own egg-less cake and see what it tastes like? Check out our website for the recipe and a few other wartime recipes. 

Conservation works: brick and mortar issues


Visitors may have noticed that the mortar used on some of last year’s repairs to the blast pens and rifle range seems to have been badly affected by the severe winter weather.  We are working closely with the Conservation Contractor and Architect to investigate the possible reasons for this. 

We will provide updates via this newsletter once we have a better understanding of what has happened and how the problem can be resolved. Please do observe any safety messaging you may see onsite.

Events


Half Term Event : Family History Tour
Wednesday 30 May
10am-12pm


Take a 2 mile guided tour with the Kenley Revival Learning Officer to find out more about RAF Kenley’s significant Battle of Britain history as part of the Caterham Festival.
 
Hear the stories of real people that worked and lived at RAF Kenley during World War 2, venture into our air raid shelter and handle our collection of replica World War 2 objects.
 
For more information and to book your place, click here.
 
 
Half Term Event : WAAF via the World Workshop
Friday 1 June
11am-12:45pm and 2pm-3:45pm


Find out more about Amy Johnson and her love of flying and how women of the WAAF contributed to the RAF effort in WW2. Children will meet Jason the Gipsy Moth who will lead part of the session and be invited to the engineers' workshop where they will design and make their own aeroplane creations.
 
Places are limited so for more information and to book, click here.


Community Archaeology on Kenley Airfield
FREE (book your place here)
July - Group 1 16th - 18th
July - Group 2 23rd - 25th
Meet at Merlewood Estate Office; (CR3 5LN)


We will be returning to the area we investigated last year to get an even better picture of how it would have functioned during World War II - we're even hoping to excavate the arm of the blast pen in order to find out how it was constructed!

You will get the chance to excavate features, make reconstruction drawings of the remaining footings and help us in revealing hidden archaeology. Furthermore you will get the opportunity to take part in workshops to learn more about artefact handling and map progression to consolidate your learning. During the whole event we will have professional archaeologists onsite who will share their knowledge with you.

There will be two groups on offer: 16 - 18 July and 23 - 25 July. If you would like to take part please sign up to either Group 1 (Monday 16 July) or Group 2 (Monday 23 July). Please note that due to fairness and popularity, we would expect volunteer’s to attend one group and participate for all 3 days including attending a mandatory health and safety induction on the 1st day. Places are free and available on a first come first served basis so please do ensure you can commit to the duration of the dig.

Please note that the community archaeology will include physical tasks that may require you to work at ground level along with digging activities, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You must also be over 18 to participate.

If you would like to participate, please book your place here.


Archaeology Family Open Day
FREE
Saturday 21 July 
11am - 3pm


As part of our Community Archaeology event we will be hosting an open day at the location of the archaeology dig, this will be open to anyone interested in, having guided tours around RAF Kenley and  learn some information about the work that has been going on, looking at some artefacts and understanding why we are doing an archaeology dig.

There will be some activities for children to get involved with, a mini archaeology dig and trying on some replica pilot hats. As well as this we will have some stalls of various similar groups or community groups for you to talk to and learn a bit more about what their link to Kenley is. 

This will be a drop in event so no need to book on, just turn up and have a chat! 

Volunteer Survey 2018

We are carrying out a volunteer survey to help us understand what you think about your role within the Kenley Revival Project. There is a simple online form that you can fill in. It shouldn`t take more than a couple of minutes to complete.

Thank you very much for your time.

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