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Youngsters design timeline mural at Minster Gatehouse Museum, Vicarage Road, Minster

By Times Guardian reporter

A timeline detailing thousands of years of Island history has been unveiled at Minster Gatehouse Museum.

It’s a stunning addition to the popular venue and is situated on the walls surrounding its 12th century stairwell.

Artists Julie Bradshaw and Anna Piles with Kailum Beal, 13, Toby Judges, seven, and Amy Parks, nine
Artists Julie Bradshaw and Anna Piles with Kailum Beal, 13, Toby Judges, seven, and Amy Parks, nine

Funded by a £2,000 grant from Ideas Test, the timeline journeys from 8,000BC to the present day.

It was created by artists, Julie Bradshaw, from Warden Bay, and Sittingbourne-based Anna Piles, and features scenes from “every important” event in Sheppey’s history.

About 100 people attended Saturday’s unveiling, including four Island students who won a competition to have their pictures “painted into” the display.

Toby Judges' painting on the timeline
Toby Judges' painting on the timeline

Artist Julie Bradshaw said: “Even though I’ve worked on installations in the Tower of London, it was a privilege to do the timeline and the highlight of my career.”

Museum volunteer Mary Thomsett said she was “blown away” by the mural, adding: “I’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped make this such a great day.”

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