Published: Tuesday, 12th May 2020

Medway Council has created online history lessons to introduce Medway’s younger residents to a few of the thousands of fascinating objects on display at The Guildhall Museum in Rochester.

The museum in Rochester high street may be closed in line with government advice, but the council’s Heritage Team education officer, Dr Jeremy Clarke, has created a series of videos designed to give children an insight into Medway’s rich history using objects from the museum.

Helping children enjoy the rich history of where they live

Jeremy, who usually welcomes school groups to The Guildhall Museum, said: “A major part of my role is helping and encouraging children to understand and enjoy the rich history of the place where they live. I normally do this by welcoming school groups into the museum where I hold interactive lessons giving the kids a real ‘hands-on’ experience. Obviously that’s not possible at the moment so I decided to produce a series of ten minute history talks on video that could be viewed by the children and their families at home. I wasn’t sure how successful they’d be but I’m pleased to say the first one was extremely well received.”

The first talk focusses on the Stone Age and has been followed by videos about the Bronze Age and the Romans. All of the videos are focussed on Medway and Jeremy uses three of his favourite objects from the museum to illustrate the fascinating stories he tells.

Find out more about our fascinating past

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Medway is steeped in history and I am pleased Jeremy has created online videos to help teach children more about our rich past. I am sure the videos will be fantastic tools for parents and carers to use whilst home-schooling their children. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to The Guildhall Museum as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime I would encourage residents to watch Jeremy’s videos and find out more about our fascinating past.”

Jeremy also created a video about the Second World War to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, 8 May.

Watch Jeremy’s history lessons.

News archive