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UCA students commemorate siege of Rochester Castle

Students from our BA (Hons) Creative Arts for Theatre & Film course have been working with the team at Rochester’s Guildhall to develop the new Seige of Rochester Castle exhibition. They’ve been creating props, set-pieces and costumes to help commemorate the defining moment in Rochester Castle’s history in 1215.

The Guildhall team members were keen to move away from exhibiting the artefacts behind glass panels, and instead wanted to have the pieces available for the visitors to touch. With this in mind, the students fabricated robust props ready for the 80,000 expected visitors.

The centre-point of the exhibition is a 1/32 scale model of the castle as it stood during the siege. This model stands at over seven feet tall and was predominantly the work of 23-year-old Kayleigh Piper from Rochester, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Creative Arts for Theatre and Film course this year. Kayleigh said: “It’s been so much work but when I see the look on people’s faces when they walk into the room and see it, I know it’s all been worth it.”

Mayor of Medway Barry Kemp with UCA student Kayleigh Piper and historian Dr Marc Morris

Our Creative Arts for Theatre & Film team began working with the museum last year with an exhibition commemorating the start of World War One, and continues with the current display. “This has been another fantastic opportunity for the students to really get involved with the process of creating authentic items to help the public understand just what medieval life was like”, said Andy Stead, Senior Lecturer for the course.

Officially opened by Mayor of Rochester, Cllr Barry Kemp, and leading medieval historian and television presenter, Dr Marc Morris, the exhibition is open to the public until January 2016. 


Image: Mayor of Medway Barry Kemp with UCA student Kayleigh Piper and historian Dr Marc Morris