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The Origin of the Line
Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association
Ramsgate United Kingdom
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The Origin of the Line
Come and join us for a short presentation about the history of the Meridian Line in Ramsgate in Kent.  

"The Origin of the Line" talk is part of the Mooch art installation for this Summers Ramsgate Arts Festival which will see this quirk of maritime history (and often overlooked little gem) marked out and celebrated across the town.  For this event you will be in the capable hands of Terry Prue and Clive Holland who will bring to life the background of the Line.

The line is 5 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Greenwich Mean Time(GMT)and is marked on the floor of the Maritime Museum in the harbour. For the art installation the line will be traced northwards from the Museum and painted in temporary paint on the pavements of Ramsgate up to the town boundary.  Not only will the line be a part of the town for a short while, we will also be shining a light every evening of the Arts Festival across the sky over the harbour and along the Meridian as it heads North.

Terry has had a lifetimes family connection with Ramsgate and since retirement has joined the ranks of local historians by writing regularly for the Ramsgate Society magazine and presenting at the Ramsgate Festival. While not a mariner himself, many of his ancestors were various combinations of fishermen, lifeboatmen or smugglers and there even used to be a sextant in the Maritime Museum owned by a great, great uncle.

Clive Holland has been an actor, writer, director and all round good egg for more years than he cares to remember. As an actor he has worked in theatre, film and TV, as a writer he has written for numerous companies, including Proteus Theatre for whom he wrote "12.10.15: The Life and Death of a British Martyr", a play about Edith Cavell, and with Third Party Productions, produced and toured, "The Sagas of Noggin the Nog". Clive has also created a number of productions locally, including "The Man in the Wide-Awake Hat: Pugin's Gothic Adventures". Clive works locally, nationally and internationally. In between working for various companies around the UK, he runs Mischievous Theatre, based in Ramsgate, which is currently working on a project about living in Thanet, "Utter Thanet".

The event will be hosted at the Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association so we have a suitably nautical link for our venue.  There will be a raffle and a donations bar as this project was self funded by Mooch and this event is part of the fundraising programme.  

Doors will open at 6pm and there will be a free "5.41" gift for the first 10 people through the door.    
The talk starts at 6.30 and will run for approx half an hour after which we can all chill and chat over a drink before the event finishes at 8pm.

I hope you can join us for this evening of quirky Ramsgate nautical history.

Please note the venue is not huge so we have a numbers restriction, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

See you there

Theresa Smith


Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association (View)
20 Guildford Lawn
Ramsgate CT11 9AY
United Kingdom


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Education > Tours
Other > Fundraisers

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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