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The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) is on Thursday the 20th of February 2014 at 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting is in the Education Room of Dickens’ World in Chatham and includes a talk: Dickens and Medway: the years in Kent as seen through the Guildhall collection by Jeremy Clarke. The February meeting is always known as the Charles Dickens birthday meeting and suitable celebrations are planned. A short reading will also be given by an R&CDF member. Non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee. For details of the R&CDF, or for non-members to attend, contact the Hon. Secretary, Mr Steve Martin, on 01474 834164.

Jeremy Clarke
Dr Jeremy Clark is Education Officer in the Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester. He provides a learning programme based on the museum’s collections and buildings. Jeremy gained a PhD from the University of Kent in 2007 and has been in museum education for over 19 years.

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Archeological remains of the NAMUR, the ship beneath the floorChatham Historic Dockyard Trust has received funding of £150,000 from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement fund, in support of “Building the Future” – an element of its Command of the Oceans project, shortly due for commencement.

Within the Command of the Oceans project, The Trust faces the challenge of retelling the dockyard’s age of sail story and ensuring that the Namur, the highly significant archaeological ship’s timbers find, becomes a central element of that story. Thanks to this funding, “Building the Future” will allow the Trust to renew interpretation of the ship’s timbers as the centre piece of new age of sail galleries and improving the environmental conditions within the Wheelwrights’ Shop – benefiting visitors, the archaeological find itself and improving energy efficiency. The project will also see the creation of a new, more visible visitor entrance to The Historic Dockyard which will act as an arrival point to the wider Chatham Dockyard & its Defences site incorporating a free to enter initial interpretation and orientation ‘Discovery Zone’ in the Wheelwrights’ Shop with easy access and modern visitor facilities.

Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “The announcement of this award effectively completes the major element of our fundraising campaign for what is arguably the most significant single project undertaken by The Trust in pursuit of its own educational charitable purposes since the ‘Wooden Walls’ gallery opened in the late 1980s. Funding from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2011-15 will allow work to commence on the wider Command of the Oceans project later in 2014 and we are extremely grateful to the DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund for their continued support of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.”

New Photographic Display Outside IWM North
Launching the 2014 First World War Centenary programme at IWM North
From 18 January 2014 – Free Entry; Donations Welcome

IWM _Q28231: Female worker in Charles Macintosh and Sons’ Ltd rubber factory, Manchester, 1918 IWM _Q28231: Female worker in Charles Macintosh and Sons’ Ltd rubber factory, Manchester, 1918

Exploring how the First World War changed the society we live in today, a new external photographic display at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, in Manchester, reveals images of women working in industry during the conflict.

As IWM builds towards a major programme of events and displays commemorating the First World War Centenary, six images by official First World War photographer G P Lewis are being unveiled in huge, 5 metre high frames, outside IWM North, on the Quays in Manchester.

George Parham Lewis, an official photographer of the home front, specialised in documenting heavy industry and photographed women workers in the glass, vehicle and food industries.

The images in the free IWM North display document women’s vital contribution to the war effort in factories across the North West of England almost 100 years ago.

Taken from IWM’s renowned Photographic Archive, the images were jointly commissioned by IWM and the Ministry of Information, demonstrating the wide range of roles performed by women during the First World War.

Visitors are invited to contact IWM North on Twitter @I_W_M #IWMNorth or Facebook.com/iwm.north if they recognise family members in any of GP Lewis’ photographs on display.

IWM_Q28392: Female glass worker carrying a tube of rolled glass at Pilkington Glass Ltd., St Helen’s, 1918. The company still exists today IWM_Q28392: Female glass worker carrying a tube of rolled glass at Pilkington Glass Ltd., St Helen’s, 1918. The company still exists today

Graham Boxer, Director of IWM North, said: ‘The First World War was a major turning point that shaped the world we live in today, including the roles of women in society. These six powerful images depict women at work during an extraordinary time. It is a fitting start towards a major programme of exhibitions, displays and events marking the First World War Centenary at IWM North. Later this year we will open the largest exhibition ever created exploring the role of the North West of England during the First World War.’

The Women and Industry display opens on 18 January, while IWM North’s major exhibition marking the centenary, From Street To Trench: A War that Shaped a Region, will open on 5 April. For more information, visit http://www.iwm.org.uk

Scandal in the Holy City: Prostitution in Victorian Brompton

These lectures are proving to be very popular, and have included talks on ‘Pubs of Old Brompton’, and the stories and history of Chatham Convict Prison. For the next talk, Brian Joyce, author of ‘The Chatham Scandal’ will take a look at the scandalous past of Brompton during the Victorian period. The talk is at 7pm on 28 November 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum. Tickets cost £2 payable on the door. You are advised to book in advance.

For bookings please call 01634 822261 or email deputy-curator@rhqre.co.uk

Full details of this and future events are on http://www.bromptonhistory.org.uk/, or call 01634 822261

Statue of General Gordon (Ron Strutt) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Statue of General Gordon (Ron Strutt) / CC BY-SA 2.0

24th October, 7pm, Royal Engineers Museum

General ‘Chinese’ Gordon was one of the most famous figures of Victorian society and has been immortalised books, paintings and most notably the 1966 film ‘Khartoum’ where he was played by Charlton Heston. Read More

The Corps of the Royal Engineers will exercise their right to parade through historic Rochester this month to remember sappers who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.

The short march, which follows a service at Rochester Cathedral, starts just after 12.30pm on Sunday, 15 September at the Guildhall end of the High Street. The parade will pass the war memorial before continuing on to Blue Boar Lane. The parade has become an annual tradition with the Corps of the Royal Engineers using the right to march through the High Street bestowed on them after being granted honorary freedom of the borough.

For more on events taking place in Medway this autumn visit http://www.enjoymedway.co.uk

On Thursday 22nd August, 7pm, Mrs Lauren Jones the Collections Care Officer at the Royal Engineers Museum will be giving an evening talk filled with tips and techniques for how to look after your collections and mementos at home.

The evening will provide a general overview on how to look after personal collections including how to look after textiles, archival (paper) material, medals and metals.
Booking is advisable and there is an entry fee of £6 per person.

There will be time after the session to meet Mrs Jones to discuss your own concerns to please feel free to bring along your items for discussion on the night (no weapons please!).
For bookings or for more information please call 01634 822261 (please leave a message if you cannot get through) or email deputycurator@re-museum.co.uk

There are lots to discover this summer holiday at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester and the Old Brook Pumping Station, Chatham. More

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A talk/lecture from the author of Hitlers Rocket Soldiers, please click on the highlighted link to view a pdf of the poster. Or go directly to the Royal Engineers website . Click here for the poster Murray’s talk

The Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive are undertaking a very exciting project to conserve and install a German V2 Rocket within the museum later this year. The V2, which was brought back from mainland Europe by Royal Engineers, has been situated at an MOD site in Chattenden for over 40 years and has recently been acquired by the museum. The V2, over 14 metres in length, is now at Borley Brothers’ workshops in Cambridge, who are working to strengthen and return the V2 to its former state. In 1944 Hitler ordered that V2 Rockets would be directly launched at Britain and Belgium and over 1000 reached targets in Britain killing thousands. The weapon was an object of terror; it arrived unheard and unseen and delivered almost a ton of explosive at a speed of 3500 feet per second. The V2 was strategically insignificant during the war but it is celebrated for initiating space travel.
We are very excited to have acquired this fascinating and enormous object for our collection and the new Cold War and V2 Rocket displays will open at REMLA later this year.
Keep an eye on our website for more details: www.re-museum.co.uk.

DCMS / Wolfson Grant will give a much loved museum gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham a new lease of life

One of the best loved museum galleries at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent – The Wooden Walls of England – is to undergo a much needed renovation, thanks to £300,000 awarded by DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund. More

Dinosaurs and the Crystal Palace are the subject of two talks at Chatham Library this autumn. More

The Historic Dockyard Chatham will host two exciting events in support of ‘Museums at Night’ – a national campaign, led by Culture24 which showcases the unique and vibrant museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives in the UK Full Story

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