Money has been awarded to the ICON Theatre recently by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Medway Council to run a local history and arts project focussing on the villages of Cuxton, High Halstow and Upnor and anyone with an interest in the area. The project is called Time and Tides and offers a chance for local communities to research their local history and take part in arts and drama activities.

The taster / introduction sessions for the Time and Tides Project held in High Halstow, Cuxton and Upnor in January and February were a long time ago now and in the following months the project team have been busy designing the rest of the project.

The training course for volunteer oral history interviewers took place in April and was well attended. Some of the oral history interviews are underway and we will be
talking to people about how life on the Medway Peninsula has changed over the years. If you would like to be interviewed or know of someone who would be good to talk to please do get in touch!

In mid-May we ran a local history learning workshop, which taught the basics of local history research and included a visit to Medway Archives. Participants learned about some of the archive sources that are useful for researching into the local area. They also learned about Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and how to use the service.

From there participants are undertaking research of their own, which will be displayed in October or November in a local exhibition. Support from the project officer will be provided as you undertake the research. It is not too late to begin your own research project. If you have a project in mind advice can be provided by the project office or by the staff at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

For teenagers there will be opportunities to take part in verbatim theatre, to make a heritage documentary DVD and to help create a website for the project.

Upcoming events for adults and families include:
17th June Court Farm Open Day in Cuxton

22nd June Talk on Upnor – A Medway Village in History by Vic Chidgey in Upnor Church

7th July A presentation by David Stephenson on High Halstow’s history as part of the village summer Fete

21st July An archaeological beach walk at Upnor led by archaeologist Vic Chidgey
28th July Curlews, Convicts and Contraband – 3 mile guided walk by Carol Donaldson in High Halstow

9th July -28th July Community archaeology days at Shorne

If you would like to sign up to any of these events please contact the Project Officer on , phone 01634 813 179 or write to ICON Theatre, The Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent ME4 4SE