Finding what you weren't looking for is part of the fun of a visit to the archives. Here are a few surprise finds from a visit to the UK's National Archives last month:
Refractory women on Kellett Island
The description of item WO 44/98  looked relevant to the rusty iron water tank quest. Turns out it wasn't, but as I skimmed through it this caught my eye:
"The Barrack Master has [unclear] to state, as one cause of the state of disrepair of the small Barrack at Kellett's island, that it has been occupied by some refractory women of the 18th Regiment, who had been placed there by the Assist. Adjud. General without the knowledge of or any previous communication with the Barrack Master."
It was written in 1844, so it's the earliest reference to Kellet Island  I've read. I didn't expect to find it being used as a mini-Alcatraz!
Another document, WO 55/2962 , has several maps at the back including this detailed map of Kellett Island as it looked in 1853. By that time the main building on the island was a magazine to store explosives:
The other two maps in that document show <Read more ...>