Monthly Archives: May 2013
My local newspaper, the Thurrock Gazette, has a weekly column called “Down Memory Lane”, which is written by my good friend Jonathan Catton, Heritage & Museum Officer of Thurrock Council, or, in my terminology, Curator of Thurrock Museum. Each week I clip out Jonathan’s piece and put it in a Box File, but often don’t get a chance to read it for some time.
I’ve just been catching up on them, and found one from February of this year about Thurrock’s cement industry, particularly Tunnel Portland Cement.
It includes a picture which Jonathan had taken from the front cover of one of the company’s souvenir catalogues from the 1930s. It shows the Tunnel Jetty on the Thames with several sailing barges, one of which is being loaded with barrels of cement.
Sorry the quality is not good as it is a scanned-in news cutting.
An exhibition entitled “From Ware to the Sea – The History of Sailing Barges”
opens at Ware Museum (SG12 9AL) on 6th May for 9 weeks. I have pulled this together with the help of SSBR colleagues and others, in my spare time, when not organising this year’s Mark Boyle Memorial Thames Sailing Barge Match on 13th July, finishing at Erith for the first time in 117 years!
The exhibition conveys a brief history of the genre; details spritsail barges built in Ware; looks illustratively at ownership, crews, destinations and cargoes; the Henry Dodd Barge Match history; the anatomy of a barge; a 1:24 scale model of SB Kathleen with her history time-line in words and pictures; barge construction and sail making with the tools of both these skills on display; and the model of SB Lady of the Lea from the London Canal Museum.
Ware Museum is an independent museum run by volunteers and supported by Ware Town Council, East Herts District Council and the Ware Society. Entry is free but a donation of £2.00 is suggested.
Ware Museum, The Priory Lodge, 89 High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9AL.
Opening times:- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Tel: 01920 487848 www.waremuseum.org.uk Registered Charity No. 295169