Rediscovering the Fifth Continent – Interpretation Programme
There will be a range of new information hubs, panels, leaflets, trails and audio apps to help residents and tourists get to know and learn more about the Landscape, Wildlife and Heritage of Romney Marsh – The Fifth Continent.
Rediscovering the Fifth Continent – Interpretation Programme contributes to Rediscover project theme.
There are no opportunities for volunteering with this project.
Visit the volunteering page to find out more about getting involved with Fifth Continent projects.
NEW ROMNEY HERITAGE TRAIL UPDATE
With the help of Bennie Cross and Phil Rutt, our new map panel boards for the New Romney Heritage Trail are coming to life!
PLAQUE DESIGNS FOR NEW ROMNEY HERITAGE TRAIL
Our plaque designs are now completed, helping bring to life the history of New Romney. We’ve developed some mock-ups to help residents and neighbours get a sense of what the new plaques will look like. They will look great in real life – we can’t wait to see these at locations in the town!
NEW ROMNEY HERITAGE TRAIL LEAFLET
Bennie Cross from BX Graphic Design has been helping us prepare a beautiful leaflet for our New Romney Heritage Trail. There are so many fascinating buildings and locations to see around the town.
A CREST FOR NEW ROMNEY HERITAGE TRAIL
With ideas from our community partners, illustrator Victoria Foster has helped create a beautiful new illustrated Crest for our New Romney Heritage Trail. The illustrations will also appear individually in the leaflet and promotional materials to accompany the trail, helping bring the history of New Romney to life! The shape of the new crest draws influence from the traditional Cinque Port emblem.
MUSIC INTERPRETATION – COMPOSITIONS PERFORMED
Three new compositions to interpret the heritage and wildlife of Romney Marsh through music were performed by musicians from prestigious ensembles The 12 Ensemble and London Contemporary Voices at St Nicholas’ Church New Romney to a full house.
COMPOSERS SPEAK ABOUT INTERPRETING THE MARSH THROUGH MUSIC
Our early career composers spoke to a full house at St Nicholas’ Church New Romney about their project to interpret the marsh through musical compositions.
VOCAL PAINTING WORKSHOPS
With funding from the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, local people took part in two “vocal painting” workshops to explore the heritage and wildlife of Romney Marsh through song, together creating a new improvised piece of music. Participants performed their new work live alongside professional singers from London Contemporary Voices in front of a full house at St Nicholas’ Church New Romney.
DANCE WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE
With the support of the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Folkestone Dance led a dance workshop to interpret Romney Marsh through movement at the Grade II listed Assembly Rooms New Romney, with a performance to a full house at St Nicholas’ Church New Romney.
FAMILY CRAFT WORKSHOP
With the support of the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Gemma Gottelier from Outdoor Studios led a family workshop for young children to create Nature Crowns and learn about bees and wild flowers on the marsh.
THREE COMPOSERS AIM TO INTERPRET ROMNEY MARSH THROUGH MUSIC
With funding from The Leche Trust and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, three composers are spending time in the Romney Marsh landscape as inspiration for three new compositions, guided by our Cultural Heritage Officer Didier Rochard.
Wool Heritage day
A group of eight members of Age UK recently enjoyed a relaxing soap felting workshop to aid in anxiety reduction. They also learnt about the heritage of wool on Romney Marsh. We look forward to the workshop helping to support Age UK’s planting project.
Green sheep come alive
Our Green Sheep topiary frames have arrived. These will be placed as part of the heritage landscape at the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre. We are excited to be working with the Romney Marsh Flower Arrangers to produce two of the sheep. Soon beautiful plants including Saxifrages, Old man’s beard and Viper’s bugloss will be sprouting from the frames. Come and help us finalise the sheep on Saturday 9 May at the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, with lots of other activities taking place.
Visitor Interpretation Site
The Spinney at New Church has been identified as the location for enhancing the existing interpretation facility. The location overlooks the site of the former advanced landing ground – small air strips that were used to support the D Day landings.
School activities day
During December we were at Brookland Primary School for a full day of nature sessions with students. This included fungus fun and habitat creation, culminating in the production of a bee wall for their playground.
Fungus Fun Afternoon
Our fungus event in November went down a treat with the children and adults alike. They learnt the basics of mushroom identification, made some mushroom ornaments and cultivated some mushrooms on books to grow 🍄🍁 They also helped to contribute to our fungus sheep which will be planted next May 🐑
During November, 20 adults enjoyed an identification talk and fungus foray walk with expert Martin Allison. We identified 32 different fungus species in Ham Street ancient woodland including a couple of puffballs and the amethyst deceiver.
New Heritage Trail Planned
We are going to be working with members of the community to develop a heritage trail in New Romney. More details to follow.
Writing workshops coming soon
We are pleased to have teamed up with local author Emma Batten to run a range of writing workshops. These workshops will be focused on the stone faces present on the churches across the marsh. The first workshop will be held at the Old Romney School on 27 November. Contact Craig for more info.
Summer Full of Activities
This summer we greeted just over 120 children and their families to the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre to take part in a range of marsh-centric events. The children learnt about natural dying of Romney Marsh wool and all about the native insects.
First Door Step Discovery Trail booklets being designed
The first in a series of five Door Step discovery trail booklets is being designed. Printed versions will be made available for families to get out and explore short walks in local areas, learning about wildlife and heritage around them.
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It is planned to create a number of short films about Romney Marsh during the life of the scheme and this will include recording the progress of the projects. Go to the film footage page to get details of the films we have produced so far.
To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.