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Art Exhibition- Time and Tide


The children of English Martyrs’ Primary School in Strood, Rochester have been inspired by the River Medway, its history and its environment. Working with an artist in school, the younger pupils created pop up boats and images of the sea. Older pupils spent a day at the Historic Dockyard where they created their own versions of ships’ emblems using an embossing technique on metal foil. The whole school contributed to the floor installation. They have created a map, on the gallery floor, of the meandering River Medway and the historic dockyards at Chatham. They thought about the history of ship building and learned about the boats that were constructed at Chatham during the Age of Sail, such as: HMS Victory, and in the early Modern era, the submarine HMS Ocelot. The 3-dimensional picture space helps us to imagine our journeys on the river’s tide, both in space and time.