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 charity.
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.
Sheppey Promenade is in its tenth year. The theme for 2020 is the Roaring Twenties. We will be running events through the year on this theme.
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/Exhibitions), James Apps, Jeanette McClaren and Keven Lee.
The building is owned by Swale Borough Council and Sheppey Promenade leases it from the Council. We pay rent, all utility bills and are responsible for internal maintenance and furbishment. We generate funds through grants, donations, merchandising and special events. We are run entirely by volunteers.