Published: Tuesday, 18th June 2019

A beautiful grade I listed building will host an exhibition which showcases wedding customs throughout the ages.

 
Something Old, Something New, at Eastgate House in Rochester will explore marriage and wedding traditions. 
 
Visitors will be given an order of service as they enter the house which will guide them around the exhibition. They will discover how marriage ceremonies have changed, find out some weird and wonderful wedding customs and folklore from around the world and learn how wedding cakes have evolved over time. Wedding dresses, which have been kindly loaned by Medway residents, will be on display and there will be several interactive rooms for people of all ages to enjoy, including the chance to test your knowledge of the Victorian era and for children to dress up.
 
Built in 1590, Eastgate House was once owned by Sir Peter Buck, a senior officer at the Royal Tudor Dockyard in Chatham. It has also been a Victorian school, a museum and an inspiration to Charles Dickens, who featured the house in The Pickwick Papers and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Eastgate House is a great place to visit

 

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Eastgate House is a great place to visit and provides a fascinating insight into Medway’s rich heritage. I would like to use this opportunity to thank residents who have sent copies of their wedding photos for us to display and donated their dresses to help tell the story of how wedding customs have changed throughout the ages. I would encourage people of all ages to visit this fascinating exhibition and discover more about how weddings have changed throughout the ages.”
 
Something Old, Something New, opened at Eastgate House on Saturday, 15 June and will be on display until Sunday, 29 September. Eastgate House is open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm. Normal admission fees apply.
 
Did you know that there are some truly unique places to tie the knot in Medway? Upnor Castle, The Corn Exchange, the Guildhall Museum and Eastgate House, all offer spaces to hire for your special day. There’s also Medway Register Office in the heart of historic Rochester. 
 
For more information visit www.medway.gov.uk/weddings
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