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Minster Gatehouse Museum is a beautiful 1000 year old Grade 1 listed building, situated next to the Saxon Abbey at the highest point on the Isle of Sheppey.
The museum houses a collection of local artefacts and items donated solely by the people of Sheppey.
The stone building, comprising 3 floors, has a 12th century spiral staircase which allows access to the roof, presenting visitors with a fantastic 360 degree view. The volunteers of the museum envisage creating a chronological visual history of the Isle of Sheppey, which can be displayed on the wall rising with the staircase.
The Sheppey Local History Society volunteers run the museum and organise fundraising events to create income. Thanks to Ideas Test funding, they are recruiting an artist to engage with the local community, local schools, and visitors to the museum throughout the summer, to bring alive their dream.
The project offers the artist space and time to explore and respond to ideas of ‘place’ through their own creative practice, discovering what they see as the ‘Sheppey timeline’ and unearthing or creating stories from a range of sources that speak of Sheppey’s places, people and folklore. The selected artist may identify key features, environment, histories and possibilities, and draw out the nature of the changing landscape.
The volunteers hope to launch the event on Friday, 18th April between 2pm -4.30pm in the Gatehouse, with the ‘unveiling’ sometime in August.
To keep up to date with the project, visit their website here.