Visit some of your favourite #WheelsofTime sites this half-term but don’t forget that some of them have closed for the winter. We have created a special planner showing the sites that are open until the end of October and beyond.
Some will have special activities; check their websites and Facebook pages.
Some of our sites close for winter so if you are planning to visit don’t forget to check opening hours on our website. Start at the Planner which gives an overview of sites that are open and those that operate at reduced hours. Click on the name of any site for details for that site. https://wheelsoftime.uk/planner/
We have noticed a number of children from outside of Kent have been collecting Wheels of Time badges.
We really appreciate you visiting Kent’s heritage sites and don’t want you to miss out on an award because you can’t collect it from a Wheels of Time site.
If – you have collected 10, 20, 30 or 40 Wheels of time badges – your home address is not in Kent or Medway and – you cannot get to one of our sites to collect your award, ask your parents to request an award using our online form but not to select a site for presentation of the award. We will arrange to post your award to you.
We may first ask for evidence that you have collected the number of badges stated, e.g. a photo of your lanyard.
#RoaminRex has visited site No. 30 on his map, Lydd Town Museum, in the original 1890 building that housed and still houses the restored horse drawn Merryweather manual fire engine and has five display rooms.
The system to call the firemen to the station as used in the 1920s can be operated. Ring the bell to wake everyone!
Another room is home to old toys, books & dolls, ALL of which can be played with, as long as you are careful.
Go through the kitchen parlour area into the back room to see the restored horse drawn bus transport from railway station to army camp, landau carriage still used to carry the “Queen” on Lydd Club Day and unique wide wheeled horse-drawn beach cart used on Dungeness shingle. Also Lyddite chick hatchery wall and exhibition of local farming implements.
#RoaminRex has visited site No. 39 on his map, Dover Transport Museum, the only museum of its kind in Kent.
He found memories of old Dover, many forms of vintage transport and old shop fronts full of things that were familiar to the grandparents and great grandparents of our heritage explorers. With a cafe and a warm welcome for children, who can enjoy a large, visitor-operated model railway and a “taxi & bus hunt”, a visit to the museum makes a memorable family day out.
Two large exhibition halls house recreated street scenes of old Dover that will stir the memories of many older visitors and give younger ones a glimpse of how things used to be.
#RoaminRex’s latest visit was Site No 4 on his map, Guildhall Museum Rochester, a lively and colourful treasure trove of Medway’s history, housed in the town of Rochester’s magnificent 17th century Guildhall building. The Museum is home to thousands of objects that illustrate the history of Medway – its river, its people, and its development through time.
The museum’s wheelchair-accessible entrance gallery contains a small shop selling souvenirs items, a reception desk, and an attractive introductory exhibition highlighting the role that the River Medway has played in shaping the environmental and human history of Medway. All visitors (including those with mobility difficulties, and wheelchair users) can access electronic media in the gallery which enables them to view short films highlighting key features of the museum displays.
Highlights of the displays include a full-size reconstruction of part of a Medway prison hulk, archaeological objects that visitors can touch, civic silver and regalia from Medway’s past, the most complete set of 18th-century cabinet maker’s tools in the world, a large selection of paintings and prints of the area and the Rochester “Riverside Eye” camera interactive.
Guildhall Museum is a Kent Children’s University Learning Destination.
Site No. 14 on his map was #RoaminRex’s next visit. Criterion Blue Town, is on the site of 2 earlier establishments. Originally the “New Inn” in 1868 the site became “The Royal Oxford Music Hall”. The following year the building, which is situated a few doors down from the court house, became The Criterion public house, with a music hall called ‘The Palace of Varieties’ situated immediately to its rear. This offered “rational amusement for all classes” including in April 1876, a one armed juggler!
The heritage centre itself is jam packed with items, memorabilia and artefacts through which you can become absorbed all of the amazing feats of history the Isle of Sheppey was responsible for.
Visit our Blue Town Heritage Centre page for more details