Eleven empty spaces - 20th anniversary of the Royal Marines Deal bombing

Contributed by editor on Sep 17, 2009 - 09:05 AM

As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the IRA bombing at the Royal Marines Barracks in Deal on 22 September 1989, a special oral history project in remembrance of the eleven young men who were so tragically killed is being held at Dover Museum.

The Museum is asking members of the local community to get in touch if they have any memories or records of this day - or the days and weeks that followed it - and are willing to share them with researchers.

Museum staff will be holding open days in the district so that people can drop in and talk, or can arrange for a more detailed record to be made of people’s memories of that time.

The first open day will be held at Deal Parochial Church of England Primary School on 19 September 2009, between 2pm and 4pm. It is hoped a further open day will be held later in the year, details to be confirmed.

Information is being gathered with a view to producing a website and an exhibition.

For more information, or if you are unable to come along to the open day but have something you would wish to share with us, please contact Dover Museum on 01304 201066 or email

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