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Volunteer Voices7th June 2024

Volunteers’ Week: Anchors Aweigh – with the Ships Volunteers!

Volunteers’ Week: Anchors Aweigh – with the Ships Volunteers!

As part of our 40th anniversary programming and this year’s Medway Open Studios, our Public Engagement Officer, Vikkie Mulford, has been working with Gillingham-based Unravel & Unwind CIC on a variety of crochet creations which will be displayed in the local community and onsite at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this summer.

Whilst they haven’t been turning their hands to crochet, they have been busy creating an ingenious display solution for some of the crochet, in the form of anchor-shaped pegboards, finished in 40th-anniversary ruby red.

A small group of the Ships Volunteers have been utilizing their carpentry skills to create these amazing anchors – they have even made a miniature tabletop version for the public engagement team to use at events and festivals throughout the year, which had a very soggy first outing at Rochester Sweeps Festival last month.

The anchors were originally due to be unveiled for the Medway Open Studios exhibition in the summer but they have already had a trial run as part of the in-house designed Dockyard40 touring exhibition, displayed as part of the closure anniversary and official launch of the Dockyard40 programme. Visitors were invited to hang feedback tags on the anchors with Dockyard memories and messages.

The tag design was inspired by a fellow Ships Volunteers’ original Dockyard clocking-in card.

The volunteers have engaged with this project and have thoroughly enjoyed it – we have seen a whole new side to them, and they are keen to be involved in further projects like this. They are starting to plan the designs of some other display stands for more of the crochet that will be displayed next month and even more of the volunteers want to be involved.

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