What is coming up - future Bexley YAC sessions
Bexley YAC sessions for 2018 - For Bexley YAC members only.
All sessions must be booked
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For our older members there is the opportunity for them to complete the BAJR Skills Passport at various sessions.
For the next couple of months we will be taking part in the Living Legacies project. This is a national project and will give the group great experience and recoding for a purpose, they will be able to access all the information we enter as a group after the site goes live.
We are going to record the Orchard Hospital, Dartford. During 1915 the hospital was commandeered for Military use, 1916 - 1919 it became the Australian 3rd Auxiliary Hospital.
It was opposite the Joyce Green Aerodrome where Vickers used to fly their planes. During WW1 the base become home to the Royal Flying Corps and defend London from planes and Zeppelins. We are not going to fully record the airfield but will write a history and pin it on the map on the website.
Lastly if we have time we will also look at the Dartford War Hospital, Darenth which was a German Prisoner of War camp, and the Southern which was the US Base 37 Hospital, for wounded American soldiers.
We have to finish the project by the end of July.
We will be taking GPS readings at ‘marker points across the site and recording some of the building bases. We will photograph and record the standing archaeology (sanitary spurs), locate the tramway, measure it down to the River Thames, record any standing features (gates, passing points, lamp posts). We will metal detect across the site for badges and buttons etc.
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