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HERITAGE OPEN DAY
September 11 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Barges, Bitumen and Bubbler
The ebb and flow of human industry and innovation around Higham over the centuries.
St Mary’s will be taking part in the annual National Heritage Open Days scheme on Sunday 11 September. This is a national festival of history and culture which opens up the wonderful and varied heritage sites across the country, bringing visitors from near and far. This year’s theme is innovations and inventions so we will be looking at some aspects of Higham’s industrial heritage using photographic displays, reminiscence sessions and guest speakers.
The focus will be on the history of The British Uralite factory, the railway, and the Thames and Medway Canal from their inception to their ultimate demise and their impact on the landscape and environment. Their rise and fall echoes the ebb and flow of the nearby river Thames which from Roman times onwards has been an important part of Higham’s history. There will also be guided tours of the lovely building and surrounding area, and tea and cake will be available, donations welcome.
These will take place at 10.30am and 1.00pm with each tour lasting around 45 minutes. Numbers are limited, so booking prior to the event is essential. This can be done at https://highamvillagehistory.org.uk/meetings/special-events Or phone/text 07480 518493.
11.30am – Andrew Rootes – using images from his fantastic collection, Andrew will chart the development of the Nuralite site.
2.00pm – Les Pearton – A personal reflection of what was it like working at Uralite.
2.30pm – Chris Bull – your chance to ask renowned local history expert a question about the Gravesham area.
3.30pm – Jeremy Clark – From The Guildhall Museum Rochester an illustrated talk “Grave Goods in Context: ways of understanding the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Uralite”
There is no need to book the talks in advance, just put your name down on the day when you arrive at the church
Parking is limited so if you can walk or car share it would be helpful. Further information about the national event can be found at heritageopendays.org.uk