The English coastal port of Folkestone was the artery through which more than 10 million men poured between 1914 and 1918 and beyond, on their way to or from the Western Front.
Folkestone was also the point of arrival for the Belgian Royal Family and served as a temporary home not just for them but for over 100,000 other refugees from the fighting.
The Step Short project wants to bring to life the part that Folkestone played in the Great War. With the 2014 centenary as its focus initially, Step Short has always aimed to honour the men and women who served while marking the town’s vital role in those world-changing events.
The Step Short team originally concentrated on three main projects: Renovating the Road of Remembrance, making the historic visitors’ books from the former Harbour Canteen available online and working towards a Great War Visitors’ Centre.
Central to our aims is our commitment to share our knowledge, and encourage others to do likewise. Our Education initiatives include talking to school children of all ages, giving lectures and arranging local tours for adults and children, and media presentations. Go to our Education pages to find out more.
While these projects look back almost 100 years, they are also designed to help raise the profile of Folkestone in the 21st century and inspire people to visit the town. In time, Folkestone could be the starting point for heritage tours that already take in the Great War battlefields of the Western Front.
The Step Short team's three main visible projects:
Renovating the Road of Remembrance, making the historic visitors’ books from the former Harbour Canteen available online and working towards a Great War Visitors' Centre.
Following the 2014 centenary, Step Short has been working on the Folkestone Town Trail history boards, a WWI Folkestone tapestry and a statue to commemorate the soldiers of the Great War.
In addition, we are developing an Educational Initiative. Although geared towards primary and secondary education, we aim to inform a much wider audience of the significance of Folkestone and its surrounding towns and villages during the Great War.