This is my first step into the world of Gravesend Airfield but I might be able to be of some use. I've been reading your postings on this subject for the last few weeks to see if there's anyone out there who could help me with a Heritage Lottery Oral History funded project I'm just starting. These are the main points of what we're trying to do:
'Games and Planes
Oral History Project
Memories and stories of living, working and growing up in Westcourt, Riverview and the Gravesend Airfield areas in the 1940s.
Based at St. Aidan’s Church, St. Aidan’s Way, Gravesend, Kent this is a two year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aimed at collecting people’s memories of the Westcourt and former Gravesend Airfield areas from 1940 to 1950.
All memories and stories are valued: we want to hear from anyone and everyone who has recollections and stories of either growing up in the area, working here, (at the airfield or post-war at Essex Aero), or living in the area during the 1940s, both during the war and during the first five years of peace.
This was a formative period in the area’s development and we would like to make contact with all those who remember life here during WWII and the five years that followed, be they pilots, residents, ground crew or children. We want to hear all your recollections and stories, however small or trivial they may seem to you.
We’re keen to gather memories from those who attended Westcourt School at the time and we’re especially interested in finding out about all the games played then, both in and outside school.
We’re also particularly interested in collecting photographs that may not have been widely seen before, either of family, friends or of the Westcourt / Airfield area generally.'Hope that this introduction makes sense and that as many people as possible will offer their memories. The project may still take a few weeks to get into full swing as we have to train volunteer interviewers in order that they're able to go out and record memories as fully as possible. If any of you would be interested in getting involved in the project as an interviewer please say and we'll send you more details.
Many thanks to you all in advance - John Woodhead Project Manager