Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend Thames Defence Heritage - we are the volunteers that look after the New Tavern Fort, Milton Chantry & Woodlands Park Civil Defence Bunker Thames Defence Heritage is a voluntary organisation formed in 2000.
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It incorporates and extends the activities of the New Tavern Fort Project, founded in 1975. The purpose of TDH is to promote the education of the community, local and other authorities, societies, individuals and others in the existence, significance and heritage and cultural value of the fortifications and other historical defence sites in the Greater Thames area. The latter may be defined as the

It incorporates and extends the activities of the New Tavern Fort Project, founded in 1975. The purpose of TDH is to promote the education of the community, local and other authorities, societies, individuals and others in the existence, significance and heritage and cultural value of the fortifications and other historical defence sites in the Greater Thames area. The latter may be defined as the

Operating as usual

15/05/2021

Fingers crossed, the tunnels of the Fort and the Chantry will be open for visitors from Saturday 26th June.
Anyone interested in getting involved, either with the opening of these to the public, or more behind the scenes on maintenance, please contact us.

04/04/2021

Happy Easter to all our friends.
We are hoping that there will be good news about reopening for visitors soon.
We are looking for new people to join us, to act as custodians for the tunnels of the Fort and for the Chantry, to welcome visitors.
If you are interested please contact us and we will put you in touch with Sandra Soder, the Director of Thames Defence Heritage who will explain how things work. Thank you.

24/12/2020

Happy Christmas to all our friends and followers our there.
It has been a difficult year for you all, but we have missed our visitors to the tunnels & magazines of the New Tavern Fort, The Chantry Heritage Centre and to Gravesend Cold War Bunker.
We hope it will not be too far into 2021 until we can start to plan how we can reopen and welcome visitors.
In the meantime, best wishes to you all from all the volunteers at Thames Defence Heritage.

"Lest we forget" This is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speak...
10/11/2020

"Lest we forget"
This is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries. Before the term was used in reference to soldiers and war, it was first used in an 1897 Christian poem written by Rudyard Kipling called "Recessional".

Gravesend Cold War Bunker
01/11/2020

Gravesend Cold War Bunker

A big thank you to Michael Cox for the loan of this radio to add to the display in the Bunker

27/08/2020
Kevin

Some news from our friends over the water in Essex at Coalhouse Fort

Hello. I hope this is okay to post here.

I wanted to draw attention to our Coalhouse Fort Future facebook group. We're a group of enthusiasts and historians who want to undertake maintenance and re-open the fort to the public. Currently, no maintenance appears to be taking place and there is no public access.

Victor Smith is advising us and one of our key supporters. We also have many of the volunteers who came to New Tavern Fort back in Autumn 2017.

Please join our group to find out more and keep updated about any developments.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/697638314159928/?ref=share

A selection of items donated by one of our volunteers, Sam Willoughby. Some of these will stay at The New Tavern Fort, o...
17/08/2020

A selection of items donated by one of our volunteers, Sam Willoughby. Some of these will stay at The New Tavern Fort, others will go to Gravesend Cold War Bunker. Thank you Sam.

Timeline Photos
27/06/2020

Timeline Photos

I live in a 18th century house and found this fab button in the garden. RA, regular and volunteer, other ranks, 1790-180...
21/05/2020

I live in a 18th century house and found this fab button in the garden. RA, regular and volunteer, other ranks, 1790-1802. I wonder if a previous resident was a volunteer at the Fort.

Happy VE Day to all our friends and supporters. We hope you have a great day and stay safe. We look forward to being ope...
08/05/2020

Happy VE Day to all our friends and supporters. We hope you have a great day and stay safe. We look forward to being open for visitors soon.

12/04/2020

Happy Easter to all our friends and supporters. We hope you are all staying safe.
Once things are more normal and we are able to open the Tunnels and Magazines of the New Tavern Fort and the Chantry Heritage Centre we will let you know.

Some pictures showing the work the volunteers are currently undertaking to renovate the displays in the Main Shell Store...
23/02/2020

Some pictures showing the work the volunteers are currently undertaking to renovate the displays in the Main Shell Store inside the New Tavern Fort

15/01/2020
Gravesend Cold War Bunker

Gravesend Cold War Bunker

We still have places available for the Bunker tour this Friday evening at 19.00. Places can be booked through the Gravesend Visitor information team....

Some pictures showing the work to replace some of the display boards and clean up the tunnels during the winter period r...
10/12/2019

Some pictures showing the work to replace some of the display boards and clean up the tunnels during the winter period ready for reopening in April.

03/12/2019
Gravesend Cold War Bunker

Gravesend Cold War Bunker

Here are the dates for the Bunker tours for 2020, they are all on a Friday evening at 19.00.

17th January, 14th February, 13th March, 17th April,
15th May, 12th June, 10th July, 28th August,
25th September, 23rd October and 27th November.

Booking is essential and is through the Gravesend Visitor Information Team:
📧 [email protected]
📱 01474 337600 (Thursday to Sunday).

Adults: £5
Children 12 to 14 years: £3

Whilst the tunnels of the New Tavern Fort are closed, you can still pay a visit to the  and parkland displaying the beau...
17/11/2019

Whilst the tunnels of the New Tavern Fort are closed, you can still pay a visit to the and parkland displaying the beautiful colours of Autumn.
Pictures all taken by David Neale part of the TDH team.

Whilst the tunnels of the New Tavern Fort are closed, you can still pay a visit to the and parkland displaying the beautiful colours of Autumn.
Pictures all taken by David Neale part of the TDH team.

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend's cover photo
16/11/2019

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend's cover photo

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend's cover photo
16/11/2019

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend's cover photo

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend's cover photo
16/11/2019

Thames Defence Heritage Gravesend's cover photo

This week we have been working on renovation of the WVS display amongst other things
10/11/2019

This week we have been working on renovation of the WVS display amongst other things

Our very own Sandra Soder and Victor Smith at Tilbury Fort today....
05/11/2019

Our very own Sandra Soder and Victor Smith at Tilbury Fort today....

VIP visit today with Captain Schmidt and Historian Victor Smith as part of the Gunter Pluschow event.

Some of the work going on at the New Tavern Fort this week, including renovation of the Photographic Room display and ex...
03/11/2019

Some of the work going on at the New Tavern Fort this week, including renovation of the Photographic Room display and examination of some of the artifacts in the Main Shell Store in preparation for new interpretation...

This fantastic document has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Hazel Collins, about the Pegasus and Horsa Bridges O...
26/10/2019

This fantastic document has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Hazel Collins, about the Pegasus and Horsa Bridges Operation, June 1944. This is now in the Thames Defence Heritage archives.

Gravesend Cold War Bunker
02/10/2019

Gravesend Cold War Bunker

Added to our displays today we have some paperwork and booklets for Ambulance service and Civil Defence. These were donated by Susan Kenna, and forwarded to us by Ade from Subbrit. A big thank you for them.
The first four pictures show some of the items, the final two show them incorporated into a display.

28/09/2019

This weekend is the last of our 2019 season, the tunnels and magazines of the New Tavern Fort will be open as normal during the Hope and Glory event that takes place in Fort Gardens this weekend.
Entry to the tunnels is just £1 per person and all the money goes towards the upkeep of the Fort.

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre
20/09/2019

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre

There are lots of events taking place this weekend in Gravesham, including the Gravesend Historical Society ‘Pop up History Exhibition’ and Homemade Fair at Gravesend Borough Market.

As part of Heritage Open Days you can visit St George’s Church, LV21, St Andrew’s Arts Centre, St Mary’s Church, Higham.

Milton Chantry and New Tavern Fort will be open 12noon - 5pm.

Full information and opening times: www.visitgravesend.co.uk/whats-on/

❤️ Weekends in Gravesham

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre
13/09/2019

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre

Join Sandra Soder and the Gravesend Historical Society for their brand new, never seen before, ‘Pop up History Exhibition‘ at Gravesend Borough Market, Saturday 21st September, 10:30am - 3:30pm. 📜📚

There will be information boards, photos, books, artefacts and much, much more all about local history!

💙 Heritage Open Days
❤️ Gravesend Historical Society
🧡 Local history
💛 To see you there

Some more pictures of the ongoing work on this gun in the Fort
09/09/2019

Some more pictures of the ongoing work on this gun in the Fort

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre
28/08/2019

Gravesend Visitor Information Centre

Book for the Cold War Bunker Tour, 30th August, 7pm.

The Bunker was an underground command post and there are 13 rooms to explore with the Gravesend Historical Society.

Adults: only £5.

To book: ☎️ 01474 337600 (Thursday to Sunday)

❤️ Gravesham Tours
🧡 Local History

As its Bank Holiday Monday the Tunnels and Magazines of the New Tavern Fort and the Chantry Heritage Centre will be open...
26/08/2019

As its Bank Holiday Monday the Tunnels and Magazines of the New Tavern Fort and the Chantry Heritage Centre will be open again today from midday. Entry to the Fort tunnels is just £1 per person and the Chantry Heritage Centre is free.

The volunteers have been working on the guns again this morning.The tunnels and magazines of the New Tavern Fort and the...
25/08/2019

The volunteers have been working on the guns again this morning.
The tunnels and magazines of the New Tavern Fort and the Chantry Heritage Centre will be open as normal this afternoon.

This wonderful tin helmet was donated to us on Sunday afternoon at the New Tavern Fort. A big thank you for this fantast...
14/08/2019

This wonderful tin helmet was donated to us on Sunday afternoon at the New Tavern Fort. A big thank you for this fantastic item.

Our ongoing work on the guns at the Fort this morning...
11/08/2019

Our ongoing work on the guns at the Fort this morning...

Sunday morning at the Fort, continuing with the work on the guns.
04/08/2019

Sunday morning at the Fort, continuing with the work on the guns.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition in the upper room of the chantry. We are open as from mid day today through t...
07/07/2019

Here are some pictures from the exhibition in the upper room of the chantry. We are open as from mid day today through to 5.00pm.

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Milton Place
Gravesend
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Hi everyone at TDH, today is Laurie Coker's funeral. If you wish to attend virtually you can via this Obitus link at midday. These are tough times but he's going to get the send off he deserves :) His family are asking anyone who wishes to pay their respects through a donation, to do so via his justgiving page rather than through flowers etc. It would mean a lot to him. Thank you, Rachel https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lawrencecoker
It is with great sadness that's Laurie Coker's family have to announce that after a long battle with illness he peacefully passed away on Sunday 13th June. Laurie was a volunteer at TDH for many many years., RIP Laurie, Husband, Dad, Grandad & Great Grandad
Hello. I hope this is okay to post here. I wanted to draw attention to our Coalhouse Fort Future facebook group. We're a group of enthusiasts and historians who want to undertake maintenance and re-open the fort to the public. Currently, no maintenance appears to be taking place and there is no public access. Victor Smith is advising us and one of our key supporters. We also have many of the volunteers who came to New Tavern Fort back in Autumn 2017. Please join our group to find out more and keep updated about any developments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/697638314159928/?ref=share
I am missing you all and I hope you have a fantastic day and stay safe ###x
Thames Defence Heritage Volunteers ready to open to the public whatever !
Hello Gravesend ! A few years ago, members of the Palmerston Forts Society had a very enjoyable and informative visit to Gravesend. Some news about us: The new Palmerston Forts Society and Portsdown Artillery Volunteers page is open for business. It will include information on members’ meetings and events, PAV activities and any news that comes in. Please visit the site and comment, like, follow and contribute. https://www.facebook.com/PalmerstonFortsSociety/ The old Palmerston Forts Society page has closed but we are transferring some of the content over.
Today two P.C.S.O.s appeared at the fort at about 13.00 hrs and spent the whole afternoon patroling the area. The number of disruptive youths that have been upsetting people visiting the fort in recent weeks suddenly found it was not as atractive as before and left, others stayed and later Police arrived presumably requested by the P.C.S.O.s and made one arrest.
Great place to visit fellas if you dont want to be dragged around the shops
If all goes well and I can see to drive in the morning I shall be there.
The TDH team doing great work today towards getting the bunker up & running again
Just in case any of you are free and in the Gravesend area, the folk setting up for something for the weekend would probably appreciate some help with gazebos. They're setting up from 7pm in st Andrews gardens.
Babies in the bandstand