Free talk tells the story of the Royal Engineers and the River Medway

Find out more about one of the most important military collections in the UK, along with the history of the organisation it documents, during a free talk on The Royal Engineers and the River Medway.

Presented by Hilary Wight, Collections Officer at the Royal Engineers Museum, the Bridge Chapel Lecture will highlight items from their history, telling us more about the Corps and its connections with the River Medway.

Alison Cable, Archives and Records Manager at the Rochester Bridge Trust, explained: “The Royal Engineers have had a presence in Medway for hundreds of years and we look forward to welcoming Hilary to our Bridge Chapel, to tell us more about this fascinating organisation.

“The Rochester Bridge Trust and the Royal Engineers have a long history of working together, including the Corps helping with the demolition of the medieval Rochester Bridge; modern day training exercises for recruits; and regular bridge building activity days to help inspire the next generation of civil engineers.”

The free lecture will take place on Tuesday, 16 April, at 6.30pm promptly, in the Bridge Chapel, Rochester. Doors will open at 6pm, and tea and coffee will be served.

Tickets are limited and must be booked, either online via or by emailing

The talk complements an exhibition being hosted in the Bridge Chapel and Chamber, called Rochester Bridge in Times of Conflict. The exhibition can be viewed on Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 11am and 4pm. Open days are free of charge and no booking is required to visit the buildings, which are fully accessible following their major refurbishment.

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