David Hassard reports recent events….
Short talks attended by some 50 people were given at a small exhibition put on for a Platinum Jubilee Street Party close to the original factory site in Canbury Park Road. An exhibition of over 80 photographs of the Richmond Road factory in a tent at Ham Fair on the Common attracted considerable attention all day from local residents and ex-employees. The tent was flanked by an Air Cadet Squadron’s Hawker Hunter cockpit and a Trojan car built in the factory in 1924.
The Project is to organise a small P1127/Kestrel/Harrier exhibition in the Kingston Guildhall in September as part of this year’s Kingston Heritage Open Days programme which focuses on “astounding invention and innovation” in the borough. The Project’s considerable accumulation of exhibition material - display panels, photographs, paintings, models etc - has been catalogued and placed on long-term loan in the Brooklands Museum ‘Hawker’ archive and will continue to be available to the Project.