Time Travel Tourist Information Exhibition Donate Your Story

The Horsebridge Centre will be transformed into a Time Travel Tourist Information Centre from 12th - 27th January 2013.

We would like to invite locals to donate their own memories to the exhibition. These can come in the shape of family photos, objects, pieces of creative writing, or your own stories documented on film.

We’d especially like to hear from you if you have relatives or knowledge related to local Oyster, fishing, diving & maritime trades, or memories of seaside adventures from the 1950’s to the present day.

With contributor’s permission, your stories will be exhibited in January 2013 as a ‘Memory Wall’ that will grow and spread throughout the Horsebridge Centre.

How to take part and donate your story:

Contact artist Alexis K Johnson by email to: info@akarts.co.uk


Visit the Time Travel Tourist Information exhibition in January 2013 and bring your photographs, writing or memorabilia to add to the Memory Wall, and record your story in the diary room. All photographs will be returned after the exhibition.

Opening preview night Friday 11 January

Somerset Maugham Gallery
12 - 27 January

The Somerset Maugham Gallery will house the portal to Whitstable’s past. Come and meet thewonderful time travel guides who will help transport you to an era that will surprise and delight you.

Gallery 2
12- 27 January

Turn storyteller with our pop-up theatre, moveable 2D cast, and sound effects to recreate a tale from Whitstable’s past. Let your imaginations run wild.

Gallery 3 and Throughout the Horsebridge Centre
12 January - 10 February
Whitstable in Pictures

Paintings and photographs focusing on Whitstable’s maritime history. Also come and add your photographs, stories and memorabilia to our Whitstable Memory Wall. Featuring a showcase by Whitstable and Herne Bay students.


As part of an art installation by artist Alexis K Johnson working in collaboration with author and poet Victoria Mosley, film-maker James Johnson, and local volunteers and participants. Lead by The Horsebridge Centre, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visitors will be taken on an entertaining adventure through Swalecliffe’s Neolithic age, Whitstable’s Oyster fishing and diving era, into the 1950’s & 60’s Herne Bay & Whitstable seaside.

Central to the exhibition will be people’s stories.

Artists / works in show by
Alexis K Johnson
James Johnson
Victoria Mosley
Alice Gur-arie
George Johnson
Paul Cowie
Celia Topping
Matilda Delves
Don Sims
Whitstable Photography Society
Whitstable and surrounding area residents

Peter Bressington (Playhouse)
Geoff Bush
Val Dunhill

Sarah Walkers tap & street dance groups



AKarts’ Participatory Arts engages the public by inviting them to take part in ambitious creative adventures or experiences that are fun and participant led.

Artist Alexis K Johnson co-creates performance, visual or film-based art with the public and associate AKarts artists.
AKarts makes accomplished art that is:
* Loved and owned by the public because they took part.
* Helps capacity build participants and supports cohesion.
* Gives a public voice.
* Creates inspiring experiential encounters that people tell their friends about.

Alexis K Johnson
07792 302063



The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage through innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, with around £375million a year to invest in new projects and a considerable body of knowledge, we are also a leading advocate for the value of heritage to modern life. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. Since 1994, HLF has supported over 33,000 projects allocating £5billion across the UK.


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