Museum objects inspire county's young people12 May 2017
Fourteen items from the city council’s museums and galleries collection feature in a major new project uncovering the history of the county.
‘100 Objects That Made Kent’ is led by The Historic Dockyard Chatham and supported by museums in the county, including the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury Roman Museum and Canterbury Heritage Museum.
The project is particularly aimed at teachers, offering a new, free online educational resource to inspire young people to take a closer look at Kent’s heritage, but is also available to anyone who would like to know more.
Among the Canterbury objects included are the Mummified Cat, Ibis Staff Head and Hop Picking No 1 at the Beaney and the Bronze Helmet, Mosaic Floor and Cavalry Sword from the Roman Museum.
Featured items from Canterbury Heritage Museum are the Canterbury Cross, Iron Stirrup, Pilgrim Badge and First World War Letter.
The council’s Director of Museums and Galleries, Jo Jones, said: “We have some fantastic objects in our collection and are very proud that so many of them are featuring in this exciting new project. I’m sure young people will be inspired by these items and will learn so much about Canterbury’s history from them.”
Director of Preservation and Education at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Richard Holdsworth, said: “Although the 100 objects idea has been adopted previously on a national and global scale, this is the first time it has ever been attempted in Kent and Medway. I hope that schools will be excited by the project and be involved.”
‘100 Objects That Made Kent’ has been funded by Arts Council England.