Heritage Explorers from outside of Kent

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.

Canal wanderers visit Medway Queen

Prunella Scales and Timothy West, stars of Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys, had a great afternoon visiting the Medway Queen Paddle Steamer and the Visitor Centre at Gillingham Pier Today. They were keen to find out more about the #WheelsofTime and were presented with a Medway Queen badge and lanyard as one of the souvenirs they kindly took away with them. The volunteers thanked them for their interest and permission to share some of the special memories captured on these photographs.

Story and images: Martin Goodhew, Medway Queen Preservation Society.

40 Kent heritage sites join in badge project

Wheels of Time is a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 40 Kent heritage sites for 5-11 year olds.

Join Roamin’ Rex, our time travelling character, as he discovers Kent’s fantastic museums and heritage sites.

Roamin’ Rex is on a mission to learn about Kent by following his trusty Wheels of Time map to different places. Why don’t you join him, and pick up each one of the 33 exclusive badges along the way?!

Children aged 5-11 visiting any of 40 Wheels of Time venues will be given a different badge at each site, showing the site’s logo or related picture. A map featuring the Wheels of Time mascot, ‘Roamin Rex’, guides children to all of the sites. Children can ask for a lanyard, to display their collection, when they visit their second site.

Children who have collected 10 badges will be awarded Roamin’ Rex’s ‘Bronze Award’, those that have 20 or 30 badges will receive a Silver or Gold Award and those that collect all 40 badges a special Wheels of Time 2019 Award.

With comments from parents such as

  • We have all learnt so much and explored places we didn’t know existed” and
  • This is a really great initiative for Kent – we are really enjoying it!

the Scheme is very effective at encouraging children and their families to discover museums and heritage sites in Kent.

Roamin Rex’s map, showing all of the participating sites, can be collected from any of the sites, some Tourist Information Centres or downloaded from the Wheels of Time website, http://wheelsoftime.uk.

Check opening dates and times for individual sites on http://wheelsoftime.uk

Wheels of Time is recognised as a Kent Children’s University Learning Activity, and many of the sites can give Learning Credits to children registered with Children’s University.

Badges are FREE. Normal entry fees to each museum or heritage site apply – check on http://wheelsoftime.uk/ Some sites are free to enter but rely on donations from visitors; please give generously.

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Sarcophagus story on South East Today

Wheels of Time site, Chiddingstone Castle’s Egyptian sarcophagus featured on BBC South East Today. Make sure you see it when you visit and collect your Wheels of Time badge.

A 3,000-year-old mystery has been solved, thanks to a visit to Chiddingstone Castle by a group of experts.Now we know who the Castle's famous Egyptian coffin was made for.

Опубліковано BBC South East 11 квітня 2017 р.

25 FREE badges to collect in Kent

Wheels of Time is a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 25 Kent heritage sites for 5-11 year olds.

25 Museums and heritage sites across Kent are giving away badges in a scheme launched on Wednesday (22nd March). The “Wheels of Time”, initiative has been developed to encourage children to visit museums and heritage sites across Kent. Children aged 5-11 visiting any of the venues involved, from 1st April, will be given a different badge at each site, showing the site’s logo or related picture. A map featuring the Wheels of Time mascot, ‘Roamin Rex’, guides children to all of the sites. Many of the sites are volunteer run, others have a team of paid staff. All are eager to share their locations with children and their families.

The scheme was launched at Maidstone Museum by George Jessel, who will become High Sheriff of Kent on 2nd April. The launch celebrated the expansion for the scheme from 14 to 25 sites, giving parents and carers greater scope to arrange heritage themed days out for their children. Mr Jessel thanked South East Museums Development Programme (SEMDP) and local company, Bretts for providing the funds for the expansion of the scheme. Guests at the launch included Cllr. Derek Butler, Mayor of Maidstone; Mr. Tom Gates, Chairman of Kent County Council, Amanda Cottrell, President of Visit Kent; Joanna Low of SEMDP, Charles Clarke of Brett Group as well as tourism leaders from Kent districts and representatives of Wheels of Time sites.

Wheels of Time is now recognised as a Kent Children’s University Learning Activity, and many of the sites can give Learning Credits to children registered with Children’s University. In a further development, children who have collected 10 badges will be awarded Roamin’ Rex’s Bronze Award Badge, and when they have 20 badges they will receive a Silver Award Badge.

Roamin Rex’s map, showing all of the participating sites, can be collected from any of the sites, some Tourist Information Centres or downloaded from the Wheels of Time website, wheelsoftime.uk.

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