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Guildhall Museum, Rochester & Rob Young, Writer

On Tuesday 3rd May, Rob Young & I had a meeting with Rachel Kerr, Project Coordinator (100 Objects That Made Kent) and the Education Officer, Jeremy Clarke at The Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester. We were looking to explore opportunities for us all to collaborate in some manner during the project, taking advantage of the Museum Collections cultural importance to Medway and its outreach work with the community – particularly in education and schools.

Rob is very keen to build this relationship into his commission and has already submitted a wonderful proposal for an engagement with St Michaels Roman Catholic Primary School, who are already working with the Museum on an arts award educational project, focussed on the Statue of Thomas Waghorn on Railway Street and a portrait of whom hangs in the Museum. The school is the most local to our project route. Rob is also keen to meet with The Friends of the Guildhall Museum to hear their thoughts about Chatham. Simon Lace, Medway’s Heritage Services Manager is also helping our cause by contributing a call out for stories by Friends of the Guildhall in their ‘about to be launched’ newsletter.

Thanks to all involved for your continuing help.

 

Interior stucco ceiling of the stairwell in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Interior stucco ceiling of the stairwell in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

A Portrait of Thomas Waghorn. Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

A Portrait of Thomas Waghorn. Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Ornate ceiling & Electrolier in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping - reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Ornate ceiling & Electrolier in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Portrait of  Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet & MP for Rochester hanging in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping - by kind permission of Guildhall Museum.

Portrait of Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet & MP for Rochester hanging in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Isn’t that the most amazing name – Sir Cloudesley Shovell –

Ornate ceiling, electrolier and wall decorations in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping - by kind permission of Guildhall Museum.

Ornate ceiling, electrolier and wall decorations in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Ornate ceiling & electrolier in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping - by kind permission of Guildhall Museum.

Ornate ceiling & electrolier in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Rob Young, Writer, looking at vintage photograph in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping - reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Rob Young, Writer, looking at vintage photograph in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image: Christopher Tipping – reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Jeremy Clarke, the Museum’s Education Officer – found this image for us of a young boy taken at the Photographic Studio of  W. Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham – a great find for us right on our project route. I’m sure Rob will make some resonant response to this.

Photographic portrait of a young boy taken by W Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham - in the collection of  Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester.

Photographic portrait of a young boy taken by W Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham – in the collection of Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester.

Photographic portrait of a young boy taken by W Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham - in the collection of  Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester.

Photographic portrait of a young boy taken by W Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham – in the collection of Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Photographic portrait of a young boy taken by W Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham - in the collection of  Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester.

Photographic portrait of a young boy taken by W Kent, Photographic Artist at No 19 Military Road, Chatham – in the collection of Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester.

Figure in Diorama in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Figure in Diorama in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Beautiful and magical three mast rigged ship in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Beautiful and magical three mast rigged ship in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester. Image by Christopher Tipping reproduced courtesy of the Guildhall Museum, Rochester

  

Temporary Artist Commissions –

The Chatham Placemaking Project appointed 3 artists for the temporary programme – it feels anything but temporary to me as all the artists are contributing massively to the project and their individual and collective output in terms of film, writing and graphics has been creative, original and has added to my perception and understanding of this project – of Chatham –  and how we relate to this community as well as our client Medway Council. It is an exciting time for me – & hopefully for Rob, Xtina and Simon too.

Simon and Rob have already engaged independently with the local community – calling in at shops and offices along our route down Railway Street and Military Road, building relationships with people. They have further collaborated on a series of short films, which explore and create a vision which underpins our project – the first of which we are hopeful will be given it’s Chatham premiere via the Big Screen this evening. Xtina is delivering the first of her print workshops on Saturday at The Pentagon Shopping Centre, which will encourage the local community to take part in simple printing techniques to explore themes around our project in words and motifs. Rob & I will be there too – collecting stories from people and hearing about their association with the town. Check out the Facebook page for more information on this event –

Xtina Lamb runs Medway Fine Printmakers from this building at  Chatham Intra on Chatham High Street. Image: Christopher Tipping

Xtina Lamb runs Medway Fine Printmakers from this building at Chatham Intra on Chatham High Street. Image: Christopher Tipping

Xtina Lamb was commissioned to run a series of print based workshops in ad hoc places – such as the Pentagon Shopping Centre – and also from her workshop and business premises – Medway Fine Printmakers –  at Intra on Chatham High Street. She is also a graphic artist in her own right contributing to the visual language and interpretation of the project.

Xtina Lamb in her studio at Chatham Intra, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping - by kind permission of Xtina Lamb

Xtina Lamb in her studio at Chatham Intra, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping – by kind permission of Xtina Lamb

Xtina Lamb's studio at Chatham Intra, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping - by kind permission of Xtina Lamb

Xtina Lamb’s studio at Chatham Intra, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping – by kind permission of Xtina Lamb

Costume Hire Shop - Chatham High Street, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Costume Hire Shop – Chatham High Street, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Costume Hire Shop - Chatham High Street, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Costume Hire Shop – Chatham High Street, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Storyline – Barbers in the Bogs

One of the arches under the New Road Viaduct – aka New Cut – aka Chatham Viaduct was home to a Public Urinal & more interestingly a Barbers Shop  – aka Barbers in the Bogs ! The Barber had a collection of paintings on display. Long since closed – the doors are now peeling but the memories of those who knew and used the facilities are still strong.

I am looking for images to use as part of our project – but there are some here on the Kent History Forum page – what an amazing, slightly bizarre and interesting place. Really left me wanting to know more !

Chatham Placemaking Project - New Cut Viaduct. Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – New Cut Viaduct. Image: Christopher Tipping

The far right hand arch under the viaduct – just obscured by the white van – was the door to the Public Urinal and Barbers.

Chatham Placemaking Project - New Cut Viaduct & Public Urinal & Barbers - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – New Cut Viaduct & Public Urinal & Barbers – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - New Cut Viaduct & Public Urinal & Barbers - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – New Cut Viaduct & Public Urinal & Barbers – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - New Cut Viaduct & Public Urinal & Barbers - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – New Cut Viaduct & Public Urinal & Barbers – Image: Christopher Tipping

Watch this space for more images – 

 

We are now on Facebook !

The Chatham Placemaking Project is now on Facebook ! Profiles of the project team artists can be viewed and updates of works in progress and new images will be posted at regular intervals. Perhaps you could let us know what you think and support the project.

Chatham Placemaking Project - 'These are our Streets'. Image: Simon Williams and Rob Young.

Chatham Placemaking Project – ‘These are our Streets’. Image: Simon Williams and Rob Young.

I was appointed as Lead Artist back in September 2015. We have now appointed three artists to work on a 6 months art programme running from March to August 2016. The artists are – Writer Rob Young, Printmaker Xtina Lamb and FilmMaker Simon Williams. Although each artist has a specific brief, we are working collaboratively to ensure that the creative outcomes can inspire and influence the permanent public realm works, which are due to be on site from early in 2017. The project is hugely exciting !

Rob came up with this quirky set of Lego figure to represent the artists !

Chatham Placemaking Project Artists !  Image: Rob Young

Chatham Placemaking Project Artists !
Image: Rob Young

 

 

Some shops and businesses on Military Road

Some shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham –

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Blueberry Park Sandwich Bar has recently closed down after 25 years. This heartfelt goodbye to customers on the window is a poignant reminder of community and the fact that it is people and not buildings, which make places.

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops and businesses on Military Road, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Shops on Railway Street

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Shops and Offices on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Images: Christopher Tipping

Shops and Offices on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Images: Christopher Tipping

Shops and Offices on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Images: Christopher Tipping

Shops and Offices on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Images: Christopher Tipping

Shops and Offices on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Images: Christopher Tipping

Shops and Offices on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Images: Christopher Tipping

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent.

Some shops and businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Shops, Offices and Businesses on Railway Street, Chatham, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chatham Patterns

There are many ways in which the Chatham Placemaking Project can communicate with the local community. Large scale visuals can be really effective – such as these mock-up ideas drafted onto a series of primesight billboards on Railway Street.

The Chatham Big Screen too would provide a great opportunity for us, as we could post film and moving images as well as sound.

Chatham Patterns - Mock-up artworks have been used on these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Mock-up artworks have been used on these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns - Mock-up artworks have been drafted onto these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Mock-up artworks have been drafted onto these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns -  Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns –
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping. Historic Dockyards Chatham

Chatham Patterns - Railway Street Chatham.  Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Railway Street Chatham.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Pattern - Chatham Historic Dockyard. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Pattern – Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Historic Dockyard. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns - Chatham Historic Dockyard. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Titcumbs – Ladies Hairdressers and Beauticians – No 17 Railway Street

Kelly’s Directories have listed all trades and businesses throughout the UK since around 1835. They are now an invaluable source of  local history, information and insight into local business life. Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre have a collection on microfilm. In the 1961 edition, the businesses along Railway Street and Military Road, make for interesting reading. Here is a selection –

Military Road 

Nos 1 & 3 – Burton Montague, Tailors

No 4a – The Salad Bowl – High Class Fruiterers

No 9 – Bliss and Lawrence – Auctioneers

No 13 – Gieve’s Ltd, Royal Naval, RAF & Civilian Tailors

No 20 – Greenburgh Bros. Ltd, Outfitters

No 26 – Naval & Military Arms, Public House

No 27 – Imperial Forces Public House and Paddock Restaurant

No 28 – E.J Whitaker & Sons, Tailors

No 40 – Unifit, Outfitters

No 50 – Chatham Constitutional Club

No 56 – W. Cooper, Outfitters

Railway Street

Nos 1 & 3 – Prince of Wales Hotel

No 5 – F&H Newcombe Ltd, Gowns

No 17 – Titcumbs, Mrs D. Rogers, Ladies hairdressers, specialist & beauticians

Nos 14 & 16 – Scott’s Timber Yard

No 26 – Frank Bannister & Son Ltd. Motor & Motor Cycle engineers.

No 31 – Cameron Thomas, Physician and Surgeon

Station Yard – Newsagent – Elders & Fyffe’s Ltd Banana Importers – St John’s Ambulance

Chatham Maps

 

Details from OS 1864 & OS 1932 Maps of Chatham - by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Details from OS 1864 & OS 1932 Maps of Chatham – by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

The two OS Maps above show developments along the project route over 68 years between 1864 and 1932. The maps can be read left to right – from Chatham Station, along Railway Street, Military Road and The Paddock. Of particular interest is the area just above St John’s Church. In 1864 this appears to have been private gardens or grounds, with trees or orchards planted. BY 1932 this had all been consumed by timber Yards and Sawmills. This was the site of Scott’s Timber Yard.