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