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:
- Eden Valley Museum
- Chiddingstone Castle
- Sevenoaks Museum
- Guildhalll Museum, Rochester
- Huguenot Museum
- Fort Amherst
- Royal Engineers Museum
- Medway Queen
- Maidstone Museum
- Lashenden Air Warfare Museum
- Cranbrook Museum
- Union Windmill, Cranbrook
- Queenborough Guildhall Museum
- Blue Town Heritage Centre
- Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities
- Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum
- Eastchurch Aviation Museum
- Milton Regis Court Hall
- Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
- Heritage Hub, Sittingbourne
- Old Forge Wartime House
- Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
- Fleur de Lis Museum
- Tenterden Museum
- Woodchurch Village Life Museum
- Ashford Museum
- Willesborough Windmill
- Agricultural Museum, Brook
- Romney Marsh Wartime Collection
- Lydd Town Museum
- Hythe Local History Room
- Elham Valley Railway Museum
- Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
- RAF Manston History Museum
- RAF Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum
- Sandwich Guildhall Museum
- Deal Maritime & Local History Museum
- Timeball Tower, Deal
- Dover Transport Museum
- 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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