Kent Archaeological Review extract

Medway Military Research Group.
by Keith R Gulvin.

Over the past year the Group has enjoyed a very successful and active period. A summary of the more important work is as follows:

From January until June the Group spent every Sunday working with Victor Smith at New Tavern Fort, Gravesend carrying out restoration work and running a highly successful Military Museum.

In March the Group published "The Medway Forts A Short Guide" which has now sold over a thousand copies.

A comprehensive feasibility study for the restoration of Fort Clarence, Rochester was prepared by the Group in June and was circulated to the Post Office (the owners of the Fort), the DOE and Medway Borough Council. We have heard that it is receiving favourable attention. During August the Royal Engineers in the form of Lt Col Hutchinson, R.E., contacted the Group over a scheme to restore Fort Amherst, Chatham. The result of this is that under MMRG. direction restoration work commenced on the Fort on Sunday, 24th October. Work continues every Sunday. As a result of our contact with the Royal Engineers the Group is now associated to the RE Depot Regiment, Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham, and has Meeting Rooms inside Brompton Barracks. Our numbers have been significantly increased by several senior NCOs and other ranks from the Royal Engineers joining the Group.

Other projects that are in hand, or to be tackled in the near future, are written reports on The Gun Wharf, Chatham; Fort Pitt, Chatham; The Brennan Torpedo and The History of the Kent Home Guard.

At present one of our members is being employed by the DOE on restoration work at Upnor Castle.

Anybody who might be interested in working at Fort Amherst on Sundays or coming along to Group Meetings should contact the Secretary, Medway Military Research Group, 200 Walderslade Road, Chatham. Tel: Medway 61643.

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