Local Artist Has Designs On Royal Engineers Museum

The Royal Engineers Museum is about to welcome local designer, Esther Johnson, for her debut exhibition ‘Time Capsule’. The exhibition focuses on some of the most iconic historic buildings in Medway, including the Ravelin building where the Museum is based. Originally part of Brompton Barracks and built to house the school of electrical engineering, Esther has presented the building and the many large vehicles which adorn its outside space in an imaginative way, with a fresh palette for the exhibition.  

Esther, who lives in Rainham, is a young designer and entrepreneur who has formed her own company, Designed by Esther. Recently awarded a free place at the Kent County Show’s new Enterprise Zone, she has been leading the way in local business by teaming up with other heritage partners such as Fort Amherst and Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. As well as hosting the temporary exhibition, the Royal Engineers Museum will also be stocking items from the Designed by Esther range in the Museum’s newly refurbished gift shop.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the venture, Esther explains “Through illustration, it allows the visitor to take home a piece of DNA exclusive to that part of the country, which in turn funds the restoration and upkeep of these historical places so that they are maintained for future generations”. As well as the finished artwork, the exhibition will show visitors Esther’s design process from initial inspiration to final product.

The exhibition opens on 7 August, runs until 14 October and is included in standard admission prices, with tickets being valid for a whole year. Prices start at £8.80 per adult, £4.40 per child, £7.00 for students and senior citizens, and £23.50 for a family.

The Museum tells the story of the Royal Engineers and how they have helped the British Army live, move and fight for over 300 years.  It is Kent’s largest military museum with highlights including 25 Victoria Crosses, Wellington’s map of Waterloo, a huge section of the Berlin wall, Zulu War weapons, amazing bridge-laying tanks, a Harrier Jump Jet and an enormous V2 Rocket. With interactive exhibits, indoor and outdoor play areas, and a newly refurbished café and gift shop, there’s plenty for all the family whatever the weather.

The Museum is open from 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm) Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays – full details can be found at www.re-museum.co.uk.

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