The Shorncliffe Trust is currently working towards creating the UK’s first Heritage Park & Education Centre dedicated to the history and legacy of the modern British Army.
Shorncliffe has been on the frontline of this country for over 200 years and has a unique history that is tied into world history events from the Napoleonic wars through to World War II. It is rare to find one military site in the world that has influenced and changed so much about the way today’s soldiers fight and operate on battlefields in the 21st century.
The centre at Shorncliffe will examine its military history and the impact (both social and cultural) the army camp made over the centuries both locally and internationally.
Shorncliffe has welcomed different nationalities from around the world and, in this corner of Kent, hosted royalty and leaders from a variety of nations.
To achieve their goal, the Shorncliffe Trust is working on plans to regenerate the old training grounds and set up a dedicated Heritage Park and Education Centre on redundant ex-MOD land, incorporating neglected heritage assets and bring them to life for the local community, and attracting visitors from around Britain and overseas.
The Shorncliffe Trust aims to raise £3 million through donations, grant applications, as well as through specific high profile events. Shorncliffe needs to raise an initial fund to secure the leasing of the land, set-up expenses and short-term operational costs.
We are approaching patrons and supporters of British Military history and heritage to become donors to the charity. We are currently working with commercial stakeholders such as tourism and travel companies who are promoting and creating income for the Trust.
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‘Shorncliffe is a precious piece of the larger "mosaic" that makes up British History. Anyone that values history must see the importance of preserving Shorncliffe. It's about heritage and it's about respecting the efforts of those who toiled tirelessly- and continue to toil tirelessly- on our behalf, preserving, not only our nations "present" but also its "past".’
Christopher Summerville - Historian and author of March of Death.