Melissa Carr (above) George Painter (below)
Medway Queen is berthed at Gillingham Pier in Kent (ME7 1RX) and open to the public on Saturdays from Easter to December while the restoration project continues on selected weekdays. The ship is in the care of a registered charity and all members of the project work on a voluntary basis. The hull has been completely rebuilt with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the EU Regional Development Fund. Now we are in a fitting out phase and operating a heritage tourist attraction. We need to build the footfall on public open days and get the interior of the ship to a fit state to be hired out as a venue to raise more funds for the restoration. A Heritage Lottery Fund “Transformation Project” has enabled us to make great strides in respect of our organisation and now we need to build on that; to build our capability to support this famous historic ship.
The Medway Queen Preservation Society is managed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with Articles of Association approved by the Charity Commission. We not only need more people to support the board, as mentioned above, but additional board members are also needed. If being a trustee of this well-known heritage charity appeals to you get in touch. Being a Trustee does require a long term commitment to the restoration project and “work” of one sort or another between the monthly board meetings of course. But, as the ship progresses or other targets are met, there is a great deal of satisfaction in thinking “I contributed to that!”