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Blue Town Heritage Centre opens its new timeline history of Sheerness Dockyard

22 February 2014
by Emma Grove

A timeline history of Sheerness Dockyard is available to view at the centre, in Blue Town High Street, and it was opened on Friday by owner Jenny Hurkett and Times Guardian editor Matt Ramsden.

It starts with the closure of the dockyard at the bottom of the stairs, all the way through to when it was opened at the top.

Sheerness Times Guardian Editor Matt Ramsden and centre founder Jenny Hurkett open the new time line display at the Blue Town Heritage Centre.

Sheerness Times Guardian Editor Matt Ramsden and centre founder Jenny Hurkett open the new time line display at the Blue Town Heritage Centre.

The photos, articles and drawings are on display on the way to the top floor, where the next transformation is under way.

An education centre with a replica deck of HMS Victory is being worked on, where school groups will be invited to go. It is hoped that will be open in the near future.

It is another milestone in Mrs Hurkett’s ongoing work to make the centre into a complete history of the Island.

She has already turned the former Criterion Music Hall into a bustling theatre, set up a popular tea room, and more.

Mr Ramsden said: “It was great to be invited back to formally open another section of the heritage centre. The timeline is a brilliant way to learn about the dockyard’s history at a glance.

“Jenny has done so much with the centre and it’s wonderful to have someone so committed to protecting and promoting Sheppey’s unique heritage.”

  • Mrs Hurkett is hoping residents will come forward to share their memorabilia as part of an exhibition to mark the centenary of the First World War, which will be launched in March at the centre. To get involved, phone the centre on 01795 662981 or email bthc@btconnect.com

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