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Heritage Open Days 2018

September 8 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


There’s a lot to see and do aboard LV21 during the Heritage Open Days event!

This year, in recognition of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act, there will be hundreds of HODs events taking place on the theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’ – focusing on both well-known and less celebrated women.

Join the crew and tour the decks. Discover the ship’s history, from a floating navigation aid with a crew of seven designed to guide mariners at sea, to her current role as a cultural landmark in north Kent.

Explore the rich maritime heritage and delve into stories of some extraordinary seafaring women while aboard.

Meet artist Caroline Gregory and find out about the ambitious project she is currently working on aboard LV21, looking into ideas of female transition and telling the stories of women’s ‘journeying’ through life; their survivals and transformations. Please share your own story with her if you would like to be part of the ‘journey’.

Get inspired by artist ‘jamjart’ ’s small art installation of ‘preserved’ objects, “repurposing an ordinary squat jam jar – usually thoughtlessly discarded – as a mini vitrine showcasing found ‘treasures’.” Decorate an empty jam jar to take away and fill with your own treasured items.

All materials provided, suitable for all ages.

Heritage Open Days 2018 Photography Competition

Your chance to share the pictures you take with the HODs community – and win some great prizes whilst you’re at it!

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Refreshments available aboard.


September 8
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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LV21 @ Gravesend
St Andrew's Quay
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BD United Kingdom
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*Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times aboard LV21 unless otherwise agreed with the organisers.
*Access onboard the ship is via steep staircases. Please wear flat, non-slip shoes.
*No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and no alcohol permitted onboard the ship.
*Opening times may vary dependent on tide and weather conditions.

Contact us if you would like to discuss access restrictions in more detail.

Watch some films of previous events and activities