The Marsh Mosiacs

May 2022

The Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust supports initiatives to advance public education about the history and architecture of Romney Marsh’s medieval churches.

Last year, as part of the Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme, 391 people took part in community workshops to create 10 new mosaic artworks, inspired by the heritage and wildlife of Romney Marsh. Each mosaic features one of the marsh’s medieval churches, capturing historic themes, folklore and landscape features from the marsh villages and towns.

Close up of a mosaic of an Angel in front of East Guldeford church, created by Yolanda Houston for the Fifth Continent

Lead artist Yolanda Houston, from Teach Me studios in New Romney, used crowd-sourced ideas from the local community to develop the designs, working closely with the 10 churches involved and Didier Rochard, Cultural Heritage Officer for the Fifth Continent Scheme. Following a special launch event last summer at St. Nicholas’ Church in New Romney, the artworks are now being exhibited in 10 of the Romney Marsh churches, helping draw visitors to these ancient and at-risk buildings. Thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and The Lochlands Trust for supporting the initial project.

This year, with the support of a further grant from the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust, four more mosaics are being created, completing the set of all 14 medieval churches south of the Royal Military Canal. Community workshops are underway to create mosaics for Fairfield, Old Romney, Snave and Snargate, bringing to life the intriguing history of these cherished churches and the ancient settlements around them.

The new works will be unveiled during JAM On The Marsh festival in July, as a trail embracing all 14 churches, accompanied by an online exhibition. We will be announcing further details about this in due course. Thank you to everybody who has been involved in the project so far. You can find out more about the mosaics here.