Bridge Works exhibition is officially open

One of the country’s oldest charities has officially opened an exhibition telling 2,000 years of history.

Bridge Works – Crossing the River Medway tells the 600-year story of the Rochester Bridge Trust, and the 1,400 years of bridge history before that. The story includes Roman soldiers, medieval stonemasons, Victorian engineering and much more, as it reveals many previously unknown aspects of the organisation’s history.

The exhibition was officially opened by Senior Warden Russell Cooper. He said: “The Wardens have been responsible for Rochester’s bridges for hundreds of years, but the crossings of the River Medway have an even longer history. It is an honour to be a part of that story and I am pleased to be able to share it with the public by officially opening this exhibition.”

Bridge Works is housed in the newly restored crypt at Rochester Cathedral, with daily opening from 10am to 4pm, subject to services and other activities. The exhibition is free to enter.

As well as telling the story of these vital river crossings, the exhibition includes activities for children, with the aim of encouraging the next generation of civil engineers.

The exhibition will run until June 2018, with family activity days held on special days – see the website for details.

You can find out more about the exhibition at www.rbt.org.uk/bridgeworks. Alternatively, see www.rochesterbridgetrust.org.uk for the Trust’s free engineering education resources.