Find My Past (2011)

Find My Past: Battle of Britain Chris Hollins in fron of an old army airplane

Find My Past: Battle of Britain © Pete Dadds Yesterday UKTV

Production Company: Lion TV

Kent Locations: Royal Engineers Museum, Dover Castle, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Winner and Watchdog Presenter Chris Hollins, Find My Past invites the public to delve into their family history.

Those on the show will have the opportunity to see how they are linked to some infamous events in modern history. Links to The Titanic, Dunkirk and Jack the Ripper are just a few of the famous connections made over the 10 episode series which starts this Thursday on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel.

Those who tuned into the first episode of the show last week may have recognised Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Dover Castle. Both locations have strong links to the Battle of Dunkirk: Ramsgate Royal Harbour was the chief embarkation point for the evacuations. Resident historians will also know that Dover Castle was the site where Operation Dynamo was carefully planned and coordinated. Due to the opening of a new exhibition earlier this year, visitors to the castle can explore the tunnels where the operation was masterminded.

This week’s episode “Find My Past: Titanic” sees presenter Chris Hollins travel to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Earlier this year the “Titanic- Honour and Glory” exhibition found a temporary home at the location where rare artefacts from the tragic voyage were available on public display. One of the most popular filming locations in the county, the Historic Dockyards have welcomed both TV productions, such as the 2009 drama Foyles War, and feature films like Sherlock Holmes.

Earlier this month the programme came to the Royal Engineers Museum in Medway.  Home to a vast collection of artefacts covering the long and varied history of the Corps of Royal Engineers, there is something of interest to any visitor. With Victorian architecture and a state of the art gallery, the location is also ideal for any filming project. It will be featured in “Find My Past: Firing Squad” to be aired on the 1st of December later this year.

Ramsgate is a vivid coastal town situated in East Kent, home to one of the largest marinas on the south coast, museums and a glorious beach. Ramsgate has featured in a variety of film projects such as The Apprentice (2015), EastEnders (2015) and Big Bad World (2013).

Dover Castle is a medieval castle situated on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as ‘The Key to England’ due to its defensive significance throughout history. Dover Castle has previously welcomed productions such as Into The Woods (2015), BBC One’s drama Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. A popoular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in productions such as Rustom (2016), Les Miserables (2013) and Downton Abbey (2013).

Find My Past is on this Thursday (27th October) at 9pm on Yesterday (Sky Channel 537, Virgin Media Channel 203, Freeview 12)


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