Last week I had a few days away with my wife and youngest daughter in Hastings in
Kent East Sussex. We've been there before but its been a few years and we were hoping to get a little bit of Easter sunshine. Alas the sun didn't shine on us but it didn't rain either so I guess we have to be thankful for that. One of the places we visited was the Smugglers Adventure in the St Clements Caves. This underground museum tells the story of Smuggling in Kent with plenty of hands on attractions for the kids. A few things jumped out at me (and not just large spiders and the ghosts of dead pirates) as we walked around this attraction so here are a handful of pictures.
|This large Diorama (8ft long by 4ft high) shows a battle between the Preventative Service and a group of Smugglers who have just landed their contraband goods. This might make for an interesting skirmish wargame.|
|The uniform of a Cruiser Commander in the Preventative Service c1810|
|The uniform of a Dragoon Officer of the 6th Inniskilling c1811 who were stationed in Kent and tasked with assisting the Preventative Service in their efforts against smugglers|
|A carving of Churchill by Alan Bennett in 1974|
|Montgomery by Alan Bennett. This carving has been damaged by graffiti unfortunately|
|Smuggling was big business and many local people were involved as Pot Runners.|