Engaging young Explorers at the West Wing Battery

The Explorers

Young people from the local primary school at Guston came to assist the project by exploring and noting and drawing their ideas on possible future uses for the West Wing Battery in one of the green all weather Explorer note books.

The session started with a short  history of the West Wing Battery followed by a exploration of the site. The ideas for possible future uses flowed……………

Here are some comments from the young people about their visit:

“It was really exciting to be able to see all the area”

“We stood where other people haven’t been”

“I like that people may come and do some of our ideas”

“It was really cool to be there, people aren’t allowed”

​”It felt good for our pictures and thoughts to be taken by someone else”

“It was fun and really cool”

“It was good to be up high and see it all.”

All photos by Joanna Jones unless otherwise credited

The Explorers programme is part of Pioneering Places East Kent: Dover developed by Dover Arts Development and Charles Holland Architects to support the conservation and opening up of the West Wing Battery of Fort Burgoyne through art led community engagement

Pioneering Places is part of the national Great Place Scheme, an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities. Four projects in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate are being led by cultural organisations to encourage local people to get involved and shape the place where they live. Supported through Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with Historic England and Artswork, the South East Bridge.

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