Exhibition to reveal mysteries of Bridge Works
A new exhibition will unveil the mysteries of one of the country’s oldest charities.
The Rochester Bridge Trust has provided and maintained crossings of the River Medway for more than 600 years – with the first bridge on the site built almost 2,000 years ago – but there is still much that remains unknown about the organisation among the general public, as visitors to the Bridge Works exhibition will discover.
Telling the story of the crossings that have helped shape the Medway area and the organisation that owns and looks after them, the free exhibition will take place in the newly restored crypt at Rochester Cathedral.
Andrew Freeman, Operations Manager at the Rochester Bridge Trust, explained: “The aim of the Bridge Works exhibition is to tell the story of the bridges and how the Rochester Bridge Trust has cared for them. The displays will encourage adults and children alike to find out more about this ancient charity and what it continues to achieve today.”
The cathedral crypt will house the main exhibition, taking visitors through the ages as they follow the changing shape of Rochester’s bridges. While across the hall Langdon’s Den – home of education mascot Langdon the Lion – will house a series of fun and educational civil engineering activities for children.
Caroline Chisholm, Education Officer at the Trust, explained: “Children aren’t always keen on historical exhibitions, but we really want to reach out to the whole community, so we’ve devised a series of activities to appeal to youngsters, that will be available throughout the exhibition.
“On Monday, 23rd October, to tie in with the start of half term and the first day of the exhibition, we will be running a series of extra activities and challenges for children to take part in – so do come along and join in the fun.”
The exhibition, which has been put together almost entirely by Kent suppliers, will run until June 2018, giving people plenty of opportunity to see the exhibits, learn about the Bridge Wardens and try out the various activities.
Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk at the Rochester Bridge Trust, said: “The exhibition takes its name from the Bridgeworks List, a document which recorded the maintenance of the first bridge at Rochester, that had been built by the Romans.
“The oldest surviving copy of this list is contained in the Textus Roffensis, dating from 1120, and visitors will be able to see it as part of the exhibition.”
The free exhibition will be open daily, from 10am until 4pm, from 23rd October, when it launches with a day of family activities.