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Visit by Arctic Convoy veterans

1st October 2015 in Archives Centre, News and Events

Veterans of the Arctic Convoys

Veterans of the Arctic Convoys, visiting the Archives Centre.

Last Thursday the Archives Centre was honoured and delighted to host a visit for Arctic convoy veterans, an event organised by the Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society.

Veterans of the Arctic Convoys

The Director introducing the Archives Centre.

Director Allen Packwood gave a brief introduction about the Archives Centre, then a display designed to encourage reminiscences and discussion was presented to the veterans. The display items included Captain Jackie Broome’s track chart showing the movements of the ill-fated PQ17 convoy, Admiral Ramsey’s midshipman log book and a sextant damaged by an exploding shell at the Battle of Jutland.

Veterans of the Arctic Convoys

Following the display Professor David Reynolds gave a short presentation which was followed by a question and answer session with the veterans – around 70 people attended the event.

The veterans enthralled us all with their anecdotes and recollections, there was singing aplenty and even some impromptu dancing in the Jock Colville Hall!

— Louise Watling

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