On Sunday the family and I spent a day at Chatham Dockyards for their 1940's weekend. This is a quite varied event and is as much about music, antiques and shopping as militaria. And of course the whole event is situated within the Chatham Historic Dockyard which is itself a massive museum filled with amazing exhibits.
|Another fun day at Chatham Docks|
|The site is massive (extending way beyond this photo) and includes some amazing exhibits.|
|A Cheiftain AVRE, part of the REME 'Big Exhibits' collection.|
|Midget submarine XE8 'Expunger' built for Royal Navy 1944|
|HMS Cavalier is a retired C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy and a veteran of the Arctic Convoys.|
|Two LRDG Jeeps fully kitted out and excellently restored.|
|A model of the Chatham Docks showing how it would have looked c1855|
|Ropes have been made at Chatham historic dockyard since 1618.|
|The Submarine Museum has a whole series of excellent model of ships built at Chatham|
|1940's period singers The Polka Dots are driven around the site before a show.|
|Re-enactors, using authentic period equipment gave a real 1940's flavour to the event.|
|When it was built in 1838 this immense covered slip was Europe's largest wide span timber structure.|
|This Victorian railway carriage was used by General Kitchener in the Sudan|
|On board ‘Overlord’, a railway locomotive used in the D Day landings.|
The only downside of attending this event was that I missed the Skirmish Toy Soldier show in Sidcup. An unfortunate clash of family calenders meant we could only do the Chatham event on the Sunday. Having said that this is probably the last Living History event I will do this year with the family, and I still have SELWG Wargames show to look forward to next month for my hobby fix.