Exhibition reveals history of Bridge Works
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 have been discovering.
Originally housed in the Crypt of Rochester Cathedral, the free exhibition proved so popular that its run was extended, then it relocated to the Medway Archives Centre in Strood. Bridge Works is temporarily closed while it moves to another location – watch this space to find out where.
Andrew Freeman, Operations Manager of the Rochester Bridge Trust, explained: “We’re really pleased by how well received the Bridge Works exhibition has been. It opened in November 2017 and was only supposed to run until June, but so many visitors came to see it that the Cathedral agreed to extend the exhibition until December.
“Bridge Works’ continued popularity means it’s now on tour. Medway Archives Centre in Strood was the first destination and we are really looking forward to the exhibition relocating to its next stop along the River Medway.”
“As the bridges have been the link between Rochester and Strood for many hundreds of years we are particularly pleased to be able to take the exhibition across the river as a reminder of the shared history.”
As well as the free exhibition, the Trust hopes to offer school activity days. More information will be available soon.
As well as the free exhibition, the Trust is offering activity days for school groups. These will include a guided tour of the exhibits, followed by a related bridge engineering workshop. The visit is free but must be booked; email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and details.
Bridge Works’ new location will be revealed soon.