Tuesday 30 August 2016

Container on the Westcliff cliffs

An email sent to me recently had this :-

... a copy of a letter that is going to be posted through the letterboxes of the nearest neighbours to Cliff Gardens where the proposed new Museum of the Thames Estuary will be sited.   The attached is the Final version.
The letter is to let them know about the Pop Up Museum that will be temporarily sited on the cliffs as part of the new arts biennial Estuary 2016 – and to invite them to come and visit the pop up once its opened to the public.
And here is that letter :-
Dear Neighbour,
I am writing to let you know about a project that will be temporarily happening on Cliff Gardens, Southend Seafront.
Ahead of the planned new permanent Museum of the Thames Estuary, Metal in partnership with Southend Museum and Southend Borough Council will be organising a small pop-up, temporary Museum in a Shipping Container as part of Estuary 2016 – a new, biennial arts festival that takes place across the whole of the Thames Estuary region (on both the north and the south banks).
Inside the pop-up Museum we will be exhibiting artefacts from a brand new collection of shipwreck finds, recently accessioned into Southend Museum from the Thames Estuary bed itself.  These will be shown alongside a stunning new Shipwreck Drawing by artist, Adam Dant that will provide information and stories associated with some of the 1000 shipwrecks and their secrets still hidden beneath the waters.
The exterior of the Shipping Container will be painted with an artist’s design, using the nautical communication flags.  It will spell out ‘Thames Estuary Museum 2016’.
The Shipping Container will arrive on site on Tuesday 2 August.  It will then be painted and fitted out over the following 3 weeks.
It will be open for the public to visit free of charge from 17 September – 2 October 2016 (the duration of Estuary 2016).  Opening hours will be 10am – 4pm. 
I hope you will come and visit us on site.
For more information about Estuary 2016 please visit www.estuaryfestival.com.


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