Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Ryde Arts Festival got off to a stunning start on Friday 29 June with a performance of Soundscape at St Thomas Heritage Centre, Ryde. Soundscape is a collaboration between Chris Jenkins a local sculptor, who has built a magnificent fortlike structure inside St Thomas Heritage Centre, and Gareth Baltch a local composer who wrote ‘Tower Music’ especially for the event.

On Friday evening invited guests were enthralled by the first sight of the huge fortification built by Chris from recycled wood and found objects and heard Tower Music performed live by local musicians. After the performance guests were invited to stay and chat and enjoy a glass of wine and local cheese and bread.

St Thomas Heritage Centre will be open daily until Saturday 7 July for people to see the structure and listen to a recording of Tower Music. Ryde Social Heritage Group also has a display on Music and Entertainment and another on St Thomas Church and the Lords of the Manor of Ryde in the centre.

We also have an exhibition in Ryde Library with the theme of Friendship Across the World until 28 July.

There is a great deal going on during this Arts Festival week and you can find out more by visiting Ryde Arts Festival website. Click on link below