Date: 11/01/2008 Category: Tourism
Interactive cameras pointing at old and new Rochester will keep visitors entertained at the Guildhall Museum. The cameras, located in the Conservancy Building, are controlled via a user-friendly console. It allows visitors to navigate easily across the landscape taking in views of Rochester Cathedral, castle and bridge as well as Rochester Riverside. Spanning the city landscape, the cameras will relay live images onto a 50inch plasma screen. The gallery also features audio commentary giving an introduction to the aims and aspirations of the riverside development. Exhibition panels have been created to supplement the cameras by highlighting the key features of Rochester's built heritage and the nature and extent of the development work. Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: "Rochester has the most amazing history and what better way to see some of the famous skyline than with these new interactive cameras. From Rochester Cathedral to the castle and of course, Rochester Bridge - you get a real bird's eye view of the area. It's a splendid idea and one which I am sure will interest visitors to the Guildhall Musuem." Rochester Riverside is the flagship project in Medway Council's regeneration programme. It falls within the government's Thames Gateway Growth Area and is being managed by the council with it's partner South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth Cllr Jane Chitty said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to see the regeneration of Rochester Riverside, one of our flagship sites in Medway, at first-hand. It's sometimes hard to visualise what is happening on the site but with these cameras you can see all the work that is going on. This development is important because it really is linking our rich past with our exciting future.'' The project has been delivered as a partnership between the Guildhall Museum, Rochester; Medway Council’s Tourism and Heritage Department and the council’s Medway Renaissance Team that has oversight of the regeneration project. The riverside eye project has attracted external grant funding and sponsorship from a number of external agencies including REVIT; Renaissance South East/Museums Libraries and Archives Partnership; and Medway-based Install CCTV Ltd. Features in the viewing gallery are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to ensure maximum accessibility. The Guildhall Museum attracts 65,000 visitors a year. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm. Admission is free. For more information about the museum visit www.medway.gov.uk/tourism or phone 01634 848717.