Hidden Heritage – 4 Years On!
Wow, it’s hard to imagine that just four years ago, there we were, at Whitsand Bay Fort on my 40th birthday, preparing for the official Public Launch Weekend for Hidden Heritage to coincide with the National Heritage Open Days 2013 Programme. Yet here I am tying this up not knowing who or just how may people will read this blog, and reminiscing over just how our feet haven’t touched the ground in those four years.
It’s also been a very tough four years, for us all in our personal lives, but thankfully the passion for what we do helps us to get through those tough times, and the support from our friends and supporters just gives inspiration for us to bring you more of the past to life. For you to walk in the footsteps or view from the comfort of your living room, it’s us who spend the long hours, into the late nights and early mornings, hunting for more fantastic history to share. We are just so pleased that our work has touched so many people over the period, via our free public events, our paid tours, and across our social media channels and even in the street. It just makes it all worthwhile to see it make a difference in people’s lives.
Today’s volunteer day began quiet with three people who booked in actually not turning up in the end and the opportunity was not to be wasted, therefore I set to work to clear the doorway to the artillery store in preparation for the WW1 Installation. The dense, compacted shillet and clay like mud make for difficult work by hand but it’s exposing areas of the underground areas that has not been seen for over sixty years in parts. After a good three hours the progress is looking on track for our weekend event but there will be exclusive chance to see before the crowds at pre-booked access all areas tours from this weekend and combining the adults only ghost nights where we have the Paranormal Lockdown….lights off, candles only…
There was no plans to do a celebratory event to mark the occasion this year, however, the Plymouth Military History Weekend in October will now also serve as a belated Anniversary Bash for us too. This fantastic event will be free entry, with minimum donations for guided tours of newly opened areas of Whitsand Bay Fort’s underground tunnels. To follow the event we have a full programme of events right the way through until Spring 2018 to keep you warm and entertained throughout the Autumn and Winter.
Instead of a series of blog posts charting the last four years at Hidden Heritage, we have out together a timeline of events that actually date back a little further to include the original idea to bring the then project to life. That timeline does not give any indication into the difficulties faced building the foundations for an asset to the community, not just locally but the global community with our reach and diversity in research.
!!!!!THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!!!
Keep reading this week for further updates!!