'Folkestone & Hythe in World War 2 is an educational project for local young people, funded by the 'Young Roots' strand of the National Lottery's Heritage Fund.
The project runs from 2019-2021, and works with over 60 young people who learn about our local heritage from the Second World War, and produce a website and detailed print booklet informing local people and visitors about our area's rich heritage.
Our partners are the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Hawkinge, and Folkestone Museum - the latter will host an exhibition designed by young people towards the end of the project.
Young people learn about the heritage from extra-curricular research, lessons, and audio interviews with historians and experts. The website produced will be the only resource of its kind that brings together our rich WW2 heritage. This includes the site of RAF Hawkinge (the closest Battle of Britain airfield to Occupied France), numerous defence installations such as pillboxes, the sites of the Advanced Landing Ground airfields on the Romney Marsh, and the wartime wrecks in the waters off Folkestone. We live in an area rich with wartime heritage, and our aim is that it isn't forgotten.