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.

Notes for editors

Wheels of Time is a partnership of the participating museums and heritage site developed to encourage children and their families to explore heritage sites in Kent. wheelsoftime.uk

The member sites for 2019 are:

  1. Eden Valley Museum
  2. Chiddingstone Castle
  3. Sevenoaks Museum
  4. Guildhalll Museum, Rochester
  5. Huguenot Museum
  6. Fort Amherst
  7. Royal Engineers Museum
  8. Medway Queen
  9. Maidstone Museum
  10. Lashenden Air Warfare Museum
  11. Cranbrook Museum
  12. Union Windmill, Cranbrook
  13. Queenborough Guildhall Museum
  14. Blue Town Heritage Centre
  15. Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities
  16. Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum
  17. Eastchurch Aviation Museum
  18. Milton Regis Court Hall
  19. Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
  20. Heritage Hub, Sittingbourne
  21. Old Forge Wartime House
  22. Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
  23. Fleur de Lis Museum
  24. Tenterden Museum
  25. Woodchurch Village Life Museum
  26. Ashford Museum
  27. Willesborough Windmill
  28. Agricultural Museum, Brook
  29. Romney Marsh Wartime Collection
  30. Lydd Town Museum
  31. Hythe Local History Room
  32. Elham Valley Railway Museum
  33. Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
  34. RAF Manston History Museum
  35. RAF Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum
  36. Sandwich Guildhall Museum
  37. Deal Maritime & Local History Museum
  38. Timeball Tower, Deal
  39. Dover Transport Museum
  40. Crabble Corn Mill

The Scheme is funded from

  • Swale Borough Council members grants
    • Councillor Mike Baldock
    • Councillor George Bobbin
    • Councillor Paul Fleming
    • Councillor Sue Gent
    • Councillor Samuel Koffie-Williams o Councillor Gerry Lewin
    • Councillor Roger Truelove
    • Councillor Ghlin Whelan
    • Councillor Duncan Dewar-Whalley
  • Kent County Council members grants
    • Councillor Mike Whiting
    • Councillor John Wright
  • Paul Auston Charitable Foundation
  • The Brett Group

The South East Museum’s Development Programme provide support and advice through their Kent and Medway Museum Development Officer.

The South East Museums Development Programme (SEMDP) is led by a Consortium consisting of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove (the lead partner), the Hampshire Cultural Trust, the Oxfordshire County Museums Service, and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. It was formed in 2012 to manage the Arts Council England museum development funding in the South East. www.southeastmuseums.org

Brett is a local, established construction and building materials group – with headquarters in Canterbury we are proud to have been a part of the Kent community for over 110 years www.brett.co.uk.

Roamin’ Rex: our time travelling guide to Kent’s fantastic museums and heritage sites,

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