Plymouth Military History Weekend 2017
The first Plymouth Military History Weekend takes place 6-8th October, 2017 and ironically it’s main venue is actually a defensive fortification on the Cornwall side, overlooking the City and Devonport Dockyard. Whitsand Bay Fort nestled atop the Rame Peninsula, is also the Base of Ops for Hidden Heritage, with our last two major events attracting more than 1,500 people and hundreds more visiting for guided tours each year. Our partnership with Whitsand Bay Fort has brought the history of the site back to life and it’s coming up to our fourth year with new elements of a small museum we have created with the finishing touches still to add that take in the history of the fortifications around Maker Heights, Rame, Plymouth along with the Heybrook Bay, Bovisand and Wembury areas also.
Why the need for a dedicated Military History Weekend?
Well, the answer is a good one. A lot of different individuals, authors, groups, and general human explorer have all helped to uncover Plymouth at war via the landscape, buildings, stories and records, but much has been lost, and we hope to find out more to share with you all along the way.
Why is the main location of the event not in Plymouth itself?
No venue in Plymouth was suitable enough due to budget restrictions, and the location selected has facilities for all the family, with accommodation, swimming pool, bar and restaurant, indoor and outdoor displays making this the ideal all-weather venue. 2018 will be sited within Plymouth itself subject to licence being granted.
More details will be released weekly here;
Tours of Whitsand Bay Fort – Tours of Mount Edgcumbe – Cold War Nuclear Submarine Tour – Naval Base Museum Tour – Boat Trips – Authors Philip Photiou, Laura Quigley and more TBC – Shadows of Our Past Exhibition – Plymouth at War – Rame at War – Palmerston Fort Tour – HAA Gun Battery Tour – Cold War Bunkers – WW2 Airfields – Dunkeswell Memorial Museum – The Plymouth Blitz Project – Cyberheritage – Cornwall Regimental Museum – Exercise Tiger – D-Day – Churchill’s Secret Army – Homefront to Battlefront – Anderson Shelter Recovery – RAF Mount Batten – German WW2 Display – Flying Display TBC (weather permitting) – Viking Living History Camp and Combat Displays – Trench Display