Our team at The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre were so influenced by this years Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Hidden Nature’ that they used it as inspiration for the creation of a new community garden.
Not your average place for a garden
The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is a state of the art facility, where Royal Museums Greenwich collection is stored and conserved in specially designed stores and studios.
The site was once part of RAF Kidbrooke. It was used during the Second World War for logistics and training.
The site today is very different, with cars whizzing past on the A2 nearby and the construction of the new Kidbrooke village.
Despite this it is surrounded by green space, including Birdbrook Nature Reserve.
The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre is not just a home for the collection but also a hub for community engagement and learning. It has a dedicated learning space facilitating public tours, workshops and events throughout the year.
Royal Museums Greenwich has about 2.5 million artefacts, 70,000 of which are looked after at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre. It is a place where people can see the hidden treasures of the museum and experience first hand the skills and expertise of its conservation and storage teams.
Why build a garden?
With this year's Heritage Open Days taking place digitally, the community garden has become an even more important way for people to join in. It also offers visitors a chance to shape the museum in a new unique way.
As a community hub we are calling out to local residents, school classes and community groups from the surrounding area of Kidbrooke to come together to learn, improve physical and mental wellbeing, and look after the natural environment.
Who is this garden for?
An important part of the museum's work is to reach out to all communities. The garden will be a space for people of all backgrounds and abilities to respond to the collection through the natural world. The natural world is one thing that unites us all and we believe that the garden will support this.
Our partners from Avant Gardening will also support us in creating new ways to develop the garden through workshops and consultation.
To ensure the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre community garden achieves its aim of becoming a space for reflection, contemplation, discussion and togetherness, we have been working in collaboration with a wide variety of organizations and individuals.
- Paul Green of Avant Gardening
- Kidbrooke Village Volunteer Officer, Fay Smith
- Obesity Public Health Officer for Royal Borough of Greenwich, Emma Eaves-Anderson
- Community Development Specialist for Berkeley Group Kidbrooke Village, Carolina Correia
- Development Officer for METRO GAVS, Mutmahim Roaf
- Avery Hill Allotment Gardens Association
- Eltham and Avery Hill Gardens Society
- Global Fusion Music and Arts
To celebrate the breaking of ground for the new community garden, we asked our partners at Global Fusion to create a soundtrack that embodies the values of new cultural community garden.
We would like to thank Global Fusion for the creation of these two beautiful responses to nature.
They have truly captured the importance of connecting with our heritage and natural surroundings.
The new Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre community garden is now recruiting volunteers and participants who are interested in learning something new and meeting new people.
If you want to be part of this exciting project and engage with your local community and the collections of Royal Museums Greenwich in a new way please contact our Learning and Engagement Facilitator, Peter Ashan.