After a number of successful previous years at Tilbury Fort, we were dealt a severe blow, when, due to the declining condition of the Tilbury Fort site, English Heritage were unable to allow us to continue to host our show there. After a short period of moving venues, we held our first small scale Essex MVT area show at Damyns Hall with just a dozen vehicles in 2006. Towards the end of 2013 it was suggested we run it as a separate organisation away from the centralised control of the MVT. To secure the future and success of further shows and to expand our public benefit, a new independent Charity was formed early in 2014 focusing on its members and broadening the scope from just military vehicles to include military history.
The show gained in popularity and size, playing host to over 300 vehicles with in excess of 10,000 visitors and participants. This gave us the opportunity to show the public our vehicles, living history displays and what we do for our community. We changed the event name to "Echoes of History" where we could take the best bits of many previous shows, merging them into what we expect will be fantastic future events, giving us the opportunity to promote multi-period living history as well as military history through the ages and of course the historic military vehicles that are so much of a special feature of our show.
Towards the end of 2013 it was suggested we run it as a separate organisation. To secure the future and success of further shows and to expand our public benefit, a new independent Charity was formed early in 2014 focusing on its members and also broadening the scope from just military vehicles to include military history.
After many years of successful events, we found ourselves in 2020, being unable to run our annual events due to the Covid19 outbreak. This continued to be the case until 2021, so as we start 2024, we are really looking forwards to welcoming you back. Our new site in Rettendon is currently home to the Living Memorial, and what better way to remember and educate future generations by holding our event at this fantastic site. The site also has much historic interest, with the GQH line, which was a defence line built in the United Kingdom during World War II to contain an expected German invasion. Maldon and the surrounding area was one of the objectives for the Germans during the planned invasion so this was to be right on the front line of Britain?s defences.
Our annual show offers exhibits from many periods of history, ranging from the fun to the more serious displays. Since 1606, when the first ships set sail for the New World from ports on the edge of Essex, the US has remained connected to the county through to thousands of soldiers waiting to head off for the D Day invasion. So come and see those from the "Wild West" to the D Day invasion troops as well many other countries as well as Britain. With arena events, music and other entertainment it is the show not to be missed. A great way to spend the day or weekend!
The new event will continue to be run on a charitable basis by a team of unpaid volunteers, with profits going to support the Charity and other good causes. Monies raised from this main fundraising event goes to help keep our military history alive and means we can continue to run free events and offer free visits to schools and other local groups.
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