The objective? To learn 2000 years of English military and maritime history in five hours. In truth, they did pretty well! The tour covered Julius Caesar’s invasion in 55BC, the historical role of the Cinque Ports, Henry VIII’s break with Rome and construction of sea defences, the Napoleonic Wars (including a visit to the Duke of Wellington’s study and bedchamber), a key meeting of World War One involving Asquith, Kitchener and Churchill and the Battle of Britain. They also learned the importance of the Downs Anchorage and the Goodwin Sands.