Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Day

The majority of the displays at Elvington Community Centre on the 28th October helped to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice of the Great War 1914-1918.

There were people dressed in period costumes of First World War soldiers and nurses, and adults and children were allowed to handle and wear some of the equipment and clothing at the event. Other local heritage groups attended the event with the involvement of Aylesham Heritage Centre,  Shepherdswell & Coldred History Society, a local family researcher. Two of the main displays included a clay-kickers display, which showed the work made by miners, who joined the military as part of the Royal Engineers Tunnelling Companies, who were responsible for digging trenches and tunnels that stretched underground towards the German trenches.

A special wooden colliery headgear memorial was also shown at the event, which had trailing knitted poppies all handmade by local volunteers, which was a memorial to all the miners that fought during the war. The event was well attended and saw the presence of the 2018 Kent Miners’ Festival Mini Kent Coal Court Queen.
Several new publications were being sold on the day with the author one of the books, Michael Newman, giving a reading from his book, which had been collated from notes by his father, having spoken with his grandfather, who was a Tilmanstone Colliery coal miner, and later became a Labour Party Kent County Councillor and Justice of the Peace. 

Our heritage centre is usually open every Tuesday from 10am until 2pm as free entry for people of all ages. We do open on other days of the week by prior arrangement with volunteers who can organise adult and school trips to our heritage centre and visit schools, catering for groups of school children from ages of five years old to teenagers. We are also able to give talks and presentations on the history and development of coal mining that occurred in the Kent Coalfield. We allow children to view and touch coal and fossils, as well as identifying many of the different tools, equipment and clothing that was used and worn by coal miners. 

Thank you to the Elvington Community Centre for sending this story in, the event sounded great and we hope to hear more from you in the future.

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