Andy Rayner

Having the dubious honour of being born and raised in one of Britain’s Victorian Fortresses, you could say that Forts have always been in my blood. I have been a volunteer for Dover’s Western Heights Preservation Society for several years, and have recently constructed a detailed scale model of the Drop Redoubt for them, which is currently displayed inside the Fort. I have also made a sectioned model of a Martello Tower for English Heritage. In addition, I have been gathering material on the Victorian Volunteer soldiers in Dover for many years, and have recently completed a presentation about the Swiss soldiers who were stationed at the Western Heights in 1855.