Cabinet of Curiosity received support from the Rochester Bridge Trust and Historic Dockyard Chatham to run WW1 Ships on the Medway, an educational project that actively involved over 550 5-14 year olds and their families in learning about the Great War and the nautical industry of the River Medway through the craft of paper engineering.
Between summer and autumn 2018, the project actively involved over 550 5-14 year olds and their families in a programme of workshop activities using the medium of paper to inspire, create artwork and learn about Medway’s story of the Great War.
Paper materials and laser cutting facilities were used to produce a selection of paper model kits for assembling and making by children within workshops. This included participants making their own dazzle ship using a laser cut paper model making kit inspired by HMS Africa, the last battleship constructed at Chatham Dockyard, which served during the Great War. The activities were held at a local festival, heritage site, libraries and a secondary school.
This was a brilliant project and an important education programme. The Trust was pleased to be able to support Cabinet of Curiosity’s work and to see the impact it had on the children who took part.
Andrew Freeman, Operations Manager, The Rochester Bridge Trust.