Remembrance Season Overview
A big thank you to everyone that attended our Remembrance Season events, it was great to see that so many people are interested in RAF Kenley and the Kenley Revival Project. Another big thank you goes to all of our volunteers that have helped to set up our events, write content for our posters, run craft activities and chat to our visitors, we could not have done it without you.
In case you missed out here is an overview of the activities we hosted:
Our lecture series got off to a flying start with a talk by Kev Barnes from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at St Luke's Church, this talk was full of fascinating information and was well-received by all who attended. Our other guest speakers included; Colonel John Power, discussing the events of the Hardest Day; author, Colonel Paul Beaver, chatting about the Spitfires of Kenley; and Dr Jane Sidell, who gave a fantastic talk on concrete.
Douglas Brunton Centre:
The Kenley Revival Project spent a great day with the members of the Douglas Brunton Centre, chatting about their memories of Kenley during wartime, telling members about some of the people that served at Kenley and crafting poppies for the wreath that was laid at the Kenley Tribute for Remembrance Sunday.
Lillias Barr Performances:
A wonderfully moving tribute, by Suzanne and Anthony, to those who served at Kenley, especially the members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). The family of Lillias Barr were able to attend one of these performances and were delighted with the performance and all of the effort that had been put in by volunteers and the Kenley Revival Project.
Pop-up Museum at Croydon Library:
Our final remembrance event was a pop-up museum, allowing us to take RAF Kenley to Croydon. Our visitors enjoyed handling our replica objects and archaeology artefacts, watching our oral history interviews and crafting felt poppies, which some of our volunteers will be taking to Brookwood Cemetery to lay at the graves of Kenley's fallen airmen.