Volunteers wanted for local history project
Clay Architects have been working in Gravesend since 1904 when George Clay opened his office in King Street. The practice worked on many civic buildings over the 20th century- banks, churches, schools,
as well as industrial buildings. A project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been launched to document and record the practice's fascinating collection of drawings and photographs. The memories of local people and their stories about the changes that have taken place will be recorded, along with the memories of some of architects who designed the buildings. The project will culminate in a local history exhibition, workshops with schools and colleges, and a website.
Volunteers are being sought to help organise the archives, and to record and conduct interviews. Proper training will be given. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01474 566701. This is an excellent training opportunity for anyone who is interested in carrying out research on their own history projects.
Gardens of international importance rediscovered on development site (posted 14/12/12)
Urban Gravesham has recently become involved with the disused factory site that was once the location of Rosherville Gardens- dating from the 1830's and at its height in the 1870's visited by 1 million visitors per year- many of whom travelled by paddle steamer from London. Frequent visitors included Dickens,
Lillie Langtry, and Gaiety Girls.
A very recent archaeological investigation on the old AEI factory site has come across the well
preserved remains of a bear pit- the one time home of 'Rosie the Bear' who along with other exotic creatures entertained the crowds. Parts of the old Italian Gardens on the site have also been excavated.
We are seeking to persuade the Government's Homes and Communities Agency, along with Gravesham Borough
Council, to drop plans to deposit 1000's of tons of landfill from the London Crossrail project over the remains of the gardens. Instead we think important features should be preserved and opened up for the community
as the centrepiece of new development.
To see an very interesting ITV television report click the link