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Media Invite: Bishop of Rochester to Launch Olympic exhibition

Date: 28/08/2008           Category: Tourism

As Team GB celebrates its largest Olympic gold medal haul in the last century, The Bishop of Rochester, The Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali will be making a special appearance at the launch of an exciting new exhibition at Rochester’s Guildhall Museum. Sport for All: Going for Gold in Medway is timed to coincide with the official start of the Cultural Olympiad. It reflects on the rich history of sport in Medway and Kent, showcases local talent and looks forward to 2012 and the opportunity it presents to some of Medway’s most promising young athletes. The exhibition has been designed by the museum’s in house technical team and corporate design team, and is a striking mix of unique and quirky objects, film and video installations, and interactive elements to further stimulate the passion for 2012 which is becoming a hallmark of Medway. The result is a fun, colourful, informative experience suitable for all age groups. Visitors are invited to pose on the Winner’s podium, wear a ‘gold’ medal, and see their image projected onto a large plasma screen. The Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali has a personal interest in the life and times of the “Running Bishop”, Christopher Maude Chavasse, the Rochester prelate who ran in the 1908 London Olympic Games. A pair of 100 year old running shorts worn by Chavasse will be among the many unusual artefacts on display at the launch. Other exhibits include Britain’s oldest known surviving gymslip, a half size replica of the FA Cup won by the Royal Engineers in the 1875 FA Cup Final, a state-of-the-art racing bike inspired by the 2007 Tour de France, and a 230 year old cricket bat. Two short action-packed films will also be screened highlighting Medway’s involvement with sport and the 2012 London Olympics. The launch takes place at 11.30am on Tuesday, 2 September. Refreshments will be available in the main Guildhall chamber. The museum is located at the end of Rochester High Street closest to the bridge. ENDS Editors: Please confirm your attendance by contacting Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk Going for Gold in Medway runs until Sunday March 29th 2009