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Shorncliffe Trust Invitation: What's In The Box?

April 21, 2022 10:53 AM
By The Shorncliffe Trust <community@shorncliffe-trust.org.uk>
Originally published by Tim Prater | Councillor for Sandgate & West Folkestone, Sandgate Village, Harvey West & Hythe East

Shorncliffe Trust promotionFollowing on from our news about the Canadian First World War Archive Box donated to the Trust by Mr. Richard Steacie, we are pleased to invite you to view an exhibition of some of the artefacts and the medal collection of Colonel Charles A Smart, commanding officer at Shorncliffe Garrison from April 1917 to December 1918.

When a statement such as this is made after opening the box, you know you will be in for a unique insight into his time at Shorncliffe:

"We had no idea what was going to be in the box, and we have found this Incredible collection for one man's service of one man's war. It's not only the usual medals we get from that sort of occupation as soldier, this has been documented with photographs annotated with who, why, what, where when, so it's an absolutely incredible archive about one man's war and one place that he served at and indeed a history of the Great War that you don't get to see every day in such detail.....its been an absolute pleasure to open the box"

Mark Smith, MA Orders, Decorations and Medals Specialist for, AH Baldwin & Son and Militaria Expert, for the BBC Antiques Roadshow

We are honoured that Mark Smith is able to join us again, and will declare the exhibition officially open on Saturday, 30th April at 11am, at The Folkestone Museum in the Town Hall on Guildhall Street.

Please join us if you can. The exhibition can also be viewed during the normal opening hours through to early July. (Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm).

You can watch the recording of the archive box opening with Mark HERE.

ALSO:

Forthcoming dates for our HERITAGE WALKING TOURS are 23rd April and 14th May. Pre-booking is essential so choose and book your date and time via this link - Eventbrite

Join us at the gates of Shorncliffe Military Cemetery and we will take you on a journey of discovery that covers three centuries of history on your doorstep.

SHORNCLIFFE GUIDED BATTLEFIELD TOURS: Book your place on our forthcoming guided tours to:

Click the 'Tour Title' to open the flyer to read more. To reserve your place, please email HERE

....and finally, we ask if you can support the Trust's aspirations to create a Heritage and Education Centre in the Sir John Moore Library, one of only 4 heritage buildings to remain at Shorncliffe Garrison following redevelopment to create 1200 new homes; you will help Make History and Save History!

The Trust have a battle ahead of them in raising significant funding to purchase and restore this historic and unique Grade II Listed building and benefit future generations.

If you can help to support the work of the Shorncliffe Trust, please visit our WEBSITE to find out more or simply DONATE HERE.