In 1989, the Cottage first became Sheerness Heritage Centre but in 2015 it was renamed Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities after coming under the umbrella of Sheppey Promenade.
Promenade started in 2011 with a gathering of like-minded people who had a vision of local organisations working together to celebrate Island life through a festival of arts, history and culture.
Now with charitable status, Sheppey Promenade is in its seventh year. This year we are organising one-off Promenade events through the year and next year we will be working to organise the next Promenade festival. We are continuing to run the cottage to promote local Heritage and the Arts and create a Community hub.
Promenade’s trustees are currently Chris Reed (Chair), Janys Thornton (Secretary), Jeremy Thornton (Treasurer), Jo Eden (Publicity), Nicole Mollett (Exhibitions co-ordinator), James Apps and Jeanette McClaren.
The building is owned by Swale Borough Council and Sheppey Promenade leases it from the Council. We pay rent and all utility bills and generate funds through grants, donations, merchandising and special events. We are run entirely by volunteers.