We capture the personal recollections of our armed service veterans

so their legacy of bravery, sacrifice and suffering can live on.

About Keeping Britain Afloat


The project aimed to capture and bring together for the first time the stories of 50 Veterans who were involved in the convoys of the Second world War. We were particularly seeking those Veterans who served as Chatham Ratings. 

The interviews were recorded in broadcast quality on DSLR cameras and are now freely available to view in our online video archive. 

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is the depository for all the films and they now feature in a permanent exhibition alongside HMS Cavalier on the quayside.  HMS Cavalier was the Royal Navy's last operational Second World War destroyer and is now preserved at Chatham as a memorial to the 142 British destroyers and over 11,000 men lost at sea during the war.

The project created opportunities for 21 volunteers and approximately 90 children from Luton Junior School. Collectively they were able to gain a greater understanding of oral history and the role of the Second World war convoys.

View a film of their involvement by clicking on the image below.