Kent in the First World War: On Film

Discover the unique stories of Ashford and Kent in the First World War through three local films which explore the role of women, the housing of Belgian refugees, and Kent’s important role as a front-line coastal defence.

Finding Ella Harling: The Film

Ella Harling was a girl who lived in Wye during the First World War. At just 16 years old in 1918, Ella volunteered for the Women’s Royal Air Force, becoming a sailmaker and mending the fabric on planes at the Wye Aerodrome. What makes Ella’s story unique are the diaries that she compiled during the war, which are now displayed at the Imperial War Museum.

Finding Ella Harling: The Film uses archive footage supplied by Wye Historical Society, the Imperial War Museum and members of the Harling family – to document what we know about Ella’s life both during the war and afterwards, and how the project to find Ella came developed.

 Echoes from the Kent Coast

Screen South, Kent in WW1 commissioned this short film from award-winning director Nichola Bruce, to illustrate the world of hidden stories and connections that mark Kent and its people out as particularly important in the impact and legacy of the First World War.

Shortlisted in two categories at The IWM Short Film Festival 2016, The film evokes an impression of the war years in Coastal Kent and aims to set the viewer on a journey of exploration into the multi-faceted contribution made by Kent at that time and its ripple effect on future generations.


St Mary's Church
The Churchyard
TN23 1QG

Entry Price

Free, booking required