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Isaac Newell: more than a name


Published: Monday, 7 November 2022


Find out more about the Medway boy who was an inspiration for football in Argentina at a new exhibition.

The Isaac Newell: more than a name exhibition will open on Tuesday, 8 November at The Guildhall Museum in Rochester.

Learn about his life in Medway and Argentina as well as the 119-year history of Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys - the Argentine Primera Division Football Club;, famous faces of Newell’s Old Boys and the rivalry between England and Argentina on the international pitch.

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, 4 December during the museum’s normal opening hours. Entry to The Guildhall Museum is free.

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Bridge Chapel and Chamber open doors to Visitors

Published 1 October 2022

A medieval charity is opening its doors to the public for the first time since the pandemic on Saturday, 8th October, having completed a comprehensive refurbishment of its heritage buildings.

Rochester Bridge Trust, which owns one of the few surviving Bridge Chapels in the country, will be opening its doors free of charge to welcome visitors into the buildings and to view an archaeology exhibition.

The Bridge Chapel on Rochester Esplanade was constructed in 1393, at the end of the then newly-constructed medieval Rochester Bridge, where it offered a place for travellers to stop and pray for safe passage. In 1879 it was joined by the Victorian Bridge Chamber, which was the administrative heart of the Trust for more than a century and continues to be used for formal meetings of the Court of Wardens and Assistants.

Alison Cable, Archives and Records Manager at the Trust, said: “The Chapel and Chamber have always been remarkable buildings to visit, and we are really looking forward to opening them up in their newly refurbished state.”

As well as the opportunity to explore the two heritage buildings, visitors will be able to view an exhibition, Uncovering the Past: Archaeological findings at Rochester Bridge. This will help to tell the story of many centuries of history in this area of the River Medway.

The refurbishment of the Bridge Chapel and Chamber included measures to ensure accessibility for all, with step-free access to all levels.

Alison added: “An important part of the recent refurbishment works involved the transformation of the buildings in terms of accessibility. Many of the changes will be unnoticeable as they have been conscientiously installed at minimum impact to the heritage while maximising accessibility. The important thing is these changes mean it is now easier for us to welcome the public into the heart of the Rochester Bridge Trust.”

The buildings were originally due to open in September, as part of Heritage Open Days, however this was delayed out of respect for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The buildings and exhibition will then be open from 11am until 4pm, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until the end of November 2022, with the exception of the first week of November; and Thursday, 17 November. In 2023 the exhibition will re-open on Wednesday, 1 February, running until Thursday, 30 March. No booking is required.

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Mission Christmas

Published 22 September 2022

An exciting new event will be taking place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Christmas.

For over 400 years, dockyard workers, past and present, have been keeping a heavily guarded secret. 

On selected dates between Saturday, 26 November until Saturday, 24 December visitors can join a magical, interactive journey into Santa's substation, hidden deep in The Historic Dockyard and uncover the secrets of how every child is found on Christmas Eve. 

Mission Christmas is brand new Christmas experience unique to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The family friendly experience, created within the historic Mast House and Mold Loft, takes children into the secret location used by Father Christmas, his raindeer and elves as a navigation centre to plot the locations of any child not at home on Christmas Eve.  Father Christmas will task children with a special mission to make sure each "good" child receives their Christmas gift on the most important night of the year!   For details visit website

Medway Food & Drink Festival

Published 22 August 2022

An exciting new food and drink festival will be taking place this September at Rochester Castle Gardens from 16 to 18 September 2022.

Medway Council, in partnership with Zoom Events, is inviting residents and visitors to Medway to tickle their taste buds with the best of local, national and international food and drink and enjoy live entertainment.

Book your tickets online to save up to 25%.

For details click here.

Temple Manor and the Heritage Summer trails

Published 9th August

With the Summer Holidays now well underway you can take part in our Summer Heritage trails! With Temple Manor being one of the attractions it is being opened for an additional day on Thursday 11th of August (10am-6pm). Come by and add that additional badge to your trail collection, or if you haven't started just yet where better than to start! Collect them all and get your ultra-special Sea Plane Badge and also be entered in for a chance to WIN a bundle of family tickets for loads of attractions across Medway.

Learn more about our Heritage Summer Trails here.

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