On Friday 24th July a special event took place in the afternoon on Rose St in Sheerness. The opening of a new heritage and cultural attraction for Swale named ‘The Rose St Cottage of Curiosity’. The event began with an ceremonial untying of the ribbon by Deputy Mayor and Elizabeth Tullberg our VIP guest. Councillor Mike Whiting was present to congratulate the team of volunteers on all their hard work. This event coincides with the launch of the Promenade Festival, the organisation who is managing the Cottage.
Inside the old Dockyard workers cottage is a collection of unique artefacts and pictures each connecting in some way to the history of the Sheppey. From First World War helmets, to Victorian Button hooks, to children’s toys every object tells story of how life used to be on the Island.
To celebrate the opening of the Promenade festival and the Rose Cottage, local arts organisation Island Projects has commissioned local artist Victoria McBride to create a map of creativity on the Isle of Sheppey. The map will be revealed alongside many contemporary artworks and curious artefacts brought together in ‘Monsters, Maps and Myth’ an exhibition inside the Rose Cottage, curated by artists Laurie Harpum and Nicole Mollett. The exhibition will remain open till the end of the summer holidays.
A review of the show by one of the participating artists;