Project Summary

How did we survive the war years?
From 1939 a stream of Naval Convoys crossed the globe and kept Britain and her Allies supplied with arms, troops and food. Would Britain have been defeated without this sea going support?

"Keeping Britain Afloat", a project funded by the Heritage Lottery has filmed interviews with over 50 men and women who at great personal risk and sacrifice kept the supply routes open.  The stories form a permanent historical archive held at the Chatham Historic Dockyard and are accompanied by a series of education resources. We couldn't have done it without the help of some fantastic volunteers.

Current Projects

Written and directed by Alex McSweeney, OUT OF THE CAGE is a dramatic theatre production about Silvertown's WWI women munitions workers.

Lesson plans

A key outcome of the project is a series of cross disciplinary learning activities for Key Stages 1-3.

These enable teachers to take their students on a voyage across the world as they learn about the significance and importance of the Naval Convoys during the Second World War. 

 

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Become a Member

Utilise our all-new search facility to quickly find the people, places, campaigns and convoys that particularly interest you.

With over fifty naval veterans talking about their experiences both on land and at sea, now is the perfect time to become a member of our charity and gain access to all our Archive Services.

    • Margery Draper

      Margery Draper
      WREN

    “we saw these flames coming up and almost simultaneously these planes came over and a bomb dropped to the front of our flat and to the back, it was horrific”

    • Stan Hoare

      Stan Hoare
      Radar Rating

    “we lined up on the quarter deck and next thing I remember I was banged against the davit and then slightly washed over the side and I was hanging on like grim death”

    • Jack Thomas

      Jack Thomas
      Pilot

    “I came out of the turn not knowing which way I was heading. The sky was grey, the sea was grey and we don’t know how we’re going to get back to the convoy”