Western Heights

The Western Heights of Dover is a series of forts, strong points and ditches which together form the largest Napoleonic fortress in Britain, first developed in 1804 to protect the country and the port of Dover from invasion. They were an essential base for the British Army throughout the nineteenth century and a vast training ground during WW1; it is now a local nature reserve maintained by the Western Heights Preservation Society (WHPS). The prominent Drop Redoubt (owned by English Heritage) is one of the two forts on the Western Heights – linked to the other, the Citadel, by a series of dry moats – and is so far the only structure that the WHPS has been able to open to the public. The WHPS works to both maintain and raise public awareness of the Dover Western Heights, carrying out ongoing research to help better understand their development throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Further information and details of open days can be found at: http://www.doverwesternheights.org/ (The Grand Shaft is open to the public on the third Sunday of every month, April – September 10.00 – 17.00)

The drawing and stitching workshops being delivered as part of the project took place at Drop Redoubt on 19 October 2014.


The artist working with Western Heights is John Dargan. To follow his project please click on the purple – green coloured bars.

Resolving the Animation for Western Heights

I’ve been working on the animation for the Western Heights Preservation Society. The process I used is detailed as follows. I edited a text together from about 3 sources, the main source was from [...]

Halloween at the Heights

The Western Heights Preservation Society had a fright night for Halloween. It was an opportunity for me to try out an idea for a sound piece that developed out of filming the General Ivor [...]

The World Comes To Dover!

The World comes to Dover was a workshop about the Dover straits. From the Western Heights you have a beautiful view across to France and can see the marine traffic passing through from the [...]

Filming in the Drop Redoubt

On Saturday 3rd October, I shot a short film with Actor and Living Historian Dan Elliot. Based on research on Major General Ivor Maxse and through discussion with Dan, we collaborated on a dramatisation of Maxse’s [...]

Workshop at the Western Heights

On Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st May, I ran a workshop at the Western Heights Preservation Society open weekend at the Drop Redoubt. It was an opportunity to test a print idea, that [...]

Visit to the Imperial War Museum

As part of my research, I have been to the Imperial War Museum to look through the papers of Major-General Maxse. Maxse was responsible for the 18th Division after its formation as part of [...]

Drawing and Stitching day at Western Heights

As part of the project, there was a drawing and stitching day held at the Western Heights in the Drop Redoubt. Phil Eyden was there, offering information about the historical background about the location. [...]

Ideas for a response to the Dover Western Heights

Initial ideas for responding have centred on Phil Eydens book about the heights. There are many interesting stories in it; the battle of Le Cateau for instance and the role of the Kings Own [...]

Initial thoughts on encountering Dover Western Heights

In the summer I visited the Western Heights during an activity weekend. There was a series of events, mainly using re-enactors demonstrating weapons and equipment. I was on a mission to meet Phil Eyden [...]