- Published: Saturday, 01 January 2011 00:00
The Western Heights Preservation Society was set up in 2000 with the aim of conserving and preserving the built heritage across Dover’s Western Heights. We are a group of volunteers who work towards this aim through research, clearance work and raising awareness of the Heights. Removal of vegetation is an essential part of our work to protect the brickwork and to ensure that the public are able to continue to walk around parts of the Western Heights.
Our Open Days, presentations, guided tours and talks all help the Society to raise public awareness of the Western Heights in the local area and our ongoing research helps us to better understand the development of the Western Heights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Western Heights together form the largest Napoleonic fortress in Britain and were an essential base for the British Army throughout the nineteenth century. They are an excellent example of British defence from the Napoleonic period right through to the Second World War.