We were at the Cottage yesterday sprucing up the garden border and planting bulbs ready for the spring.
We are very proud of the results from our Sheppey Promenade 2018/2019 project “Women of WW1 on Sheppey” in which we researched and brought to life the hidden stories of Island women and their contribution to the war effort in WW1.
We organised over 40 events through 2018/2019 ranging from parades, creative workshops across generations to re-enactments and musical play performances with the help of local schools and community groups and the involvement of hundreds of local people.
We made a film, a research History booklet, Sheppey Writer’s Group published an Anthology of Stories “Deeds Not Words” inspired by our research, Artwork, Information boards and Exhibition, helped secure a WW1 Paving stone for James McCudden placed at Sheerness War Memorial. We raised awareness of Sheppey as a heritage area and the role of women there, shared our research on the HLF archive with Queen’s University and with Kent University.
We provided a case study for community researchers and we have volunteers who are better informed now on how to carry out local research. We are presenting our findings in Glasgow in August.
Anthology: https://tinyurl.com/yyx2cm8s or from the Rose Cottage shop
Research Booklet: From the Rose Cottage shop
Search #sheppeypromenade2018 to see highlights on Twitter, or our Facebook Page Rose St Cottage of Curiosities
As part of Sheppey Promenade 2018, Big Fish Arts brought Maria Clarke’s musical play to Leysdown bandstand on 1st September. Adapted by Big Fish to reflect the work of Women on Sheppey in WW1, the performance formed part of “Magnificent Men and Women” an event to celebrate the early Sheppey aviation history and pioneer pilots and the work that women on the Home Front did for the war effort.
We are very happy with our new workshop and storage shed! We now have increased space for running arts sessions plus a proper place to keep all everything for running both Big Fish Arts many activities and Cottage-related items.
Good news, the skeleton for our new garden workshop space is taking shape nicely. Thank you to the prisoners at HMP Standford Hill for your continuing hard work for the community.
What is Kent Children’s Universitytm?
Kent Children’s Universitytm (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5-11 year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day. They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.
How does CU work?
The Children’s University (CU) is able to recognise and reward children for all the additional learning they participate in voluntarily outside normal school hours. Once registered through a school or direct through the local CU, children can earn Learning Credits in a variety of ways including participating in activities held at “Public Learning Destinations.” Children are provided with a Passport to Learning for them to collect Credits as evidence of their learning.
Once children achieve a fixed number of Learning Credits, they will have the opportunity to have their successes celebrated at a very special Graduation Ceremony at either Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) or the University of Kent.
For more information about KCU please visit:
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Great news! Our new porch is now installed with a lovely stained glass panelled door. Thank you to Kevin O’Brien of Traditional Building Ltd for hand-building it for us. It makes a very welcoming entrance for our visitors, gives us space for displaying our merchandise and keeps the winter chills and winds out! No chillblains for our loyal volunteers!ur
Our grateful thanks go to Queenborough Fishery Trust for their generous grant to the Sheppey Promenade Charity which funds the Cottage.