The VRT is part of the ‘Modern History on your Doorstep’ programme which we deliver in partnership with Groundwork East of England and other modern history groups in South Essex. The programme is aimed at community groups and interested societies in the South Essex area. If you’re group is outside South Essex, however, don’t worry – we still give talks in London and the Home Counties.
Our highly-acclaimed talks cover the history of the Vulcan from its inception in the mid-1940s through to the present day. In between we look at the Vulcan's first flight in 1952, its vital role as part of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent during the Cold War, its life as a test, tanker and reconnaisance aircraft, and its 'swansong' in the 1982 Falklands conflict, when it carried out what were the longest bombing raids in history. How one of the 'mighty deltas' came to arrive at Southend in 1986 is also explained, as is the role of the Trust in maintaining Vulcan XL426 as part of the nation's aviation heritage.
A selection of pictures from the Trust's extensive photo collection is used to illustrate each talk. Depending on your requirements, we can tailor our talks to last anything beteween 45 and 90 minutes. As we are a voluntary group ourselves, our talks normally take place on weekday evenings, but if this isn’t convenient, we can consider daytimes or weekends. There is no charge but if you wish to make a donation to the Trust, then that will be greatly appreciated. If your group does not have access to a suitable venue, we will be only too happy to help locate one.
The groups and societies we gave talks to in 2009 were: Braintree Riverside Club, Tunbridge Wells Civil Service Motoring Association, Rochford Hundred Vintage Tractor & Engine Club and the Blackheath Scientific Society. So far 2010 has seen us give talks to the Croydon Airport Society, the Kelvedon Hatch Village Society, the Wealden Model Aircraft Society, the Chalkwell Park Methodist Church Supper Club and the Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Club.
If you or your group is interested in hosting one of our talks, please contact us at the address or the special email address below. As part of the 'Modern History on your Doorstep Programme', we are actively looking to expand the number of talks we give to community groups and societies in South Essex. If you are connected with such a group or society, or know of one that would be interested, please do get in touch.
Post: Vulcan Restoration Trust, 39 Breakspears Drive, St Paul’s Cray, Orpington, Kent BR5 2RX