Rosie and Marcia’s visit to Dover

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Artist Marcia Teusink, from Draw London, and textile artist Rosie James are delivering drawing and textile workshops in each of the partner venues.

Our intrepid artists sent us this write up of their recent visit:

“We spent  2 days visiting as many of the DMAG sites as we could, starting off at a leisurely pace at the beautiful setting of St Margaret’s museum where we discussed ideas with Tracy and Christine and had a lovely lunch. It was a beautiful day and we soon realised that we could spend the whole day here, exploring the gardens and the collections in the museum. But time was moving on and so we dashed off for our next appointment at Dover Castle with Alan at the Museum of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. There was so much to see here and Alan was so enthusiastic and informative about his collection. We again found ourselves wishing we had more time. Alan took us behind the scenes where he has even more artefacts which we both got excited about using in our workshops.

Next stop the East Kent Railway. Here we had a quick look at the old trains as well as the miniatures being got ready for the weekend, and briefly met Mark as he emerged from his classroom building in the woods. 

But finally we had to dash off to meet Phil who had very kindly agreed to show us around Western Heights after a busy day at work. Phil opened up the Drop Redoubt and took us round with torches. It was a fabulous and very informative visit, with both of us excited about the possiblilities for drawing and stitching in this unusual site. After a quick look at the Grand Shaft and a run down and up the stairs, we were both buzzing with ideas!

The next day began at Dover Museum where we met Lynda. After discussing workshop dates and ideas, we explored the WW1 collection and were moved by the sound archives of local people talking about their own or relatives’ experiences in WW1. This emphasised the point of these workshops and was quite focussing. 

From there we went off to meet Neil at the White Mill in Sandwich. What a wonderful place we found, Neil was so enthsiastic and took us right up to the top of the windmill (on a rather wobbly ladder!). We found so much to explore and so many interesting and evocative objects, again bringing up all sorts of ideas for creative workshops. We were running out of time but just managed to have a quick look at the Guildhall Museum in Sandwich, before heading home exhausted!” 

Photos: Rosie James & Marcia Teusing