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On Margate Sands is an exciting partnership project between Turner Contemporary, Tate and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working with a network of local partners including The Garden Gate project, Laleham Gap School, Creative Community and the Kent Foster Care Association, On Margate Sands will enable members of the community to explore Margate’s history and its connection to T.S Eliot.

Findings will feed into this ambitious project, connecting the past with the present; the local with the national and international. On Margate Sands creates new opportunities for local people to develop research skills, new networks and develop their knowledge and connections to arts and archives.
On Margate Sands will enable members of our community to:

- Explore local heritage and develop research skills (including digital skills), creating connections and creative responses to T.S.Eliot's The Waste Land.
- Develop connections to archives and the arts.
- Understand more about T.S.Eliot, his connections to Margate and other themes that relate to him and the wider historical context, and interpret these in relation to personal experience.
- Understand Eliot’s experience of coming to Margate in the aftermath of World War One with fragile mental health, and making connections to the contemporary experience of coping with mental health issues.
- Use Eliot’s poem and local and national archives as a starting point to further develop literacy skills.
- Share learning with others by contributing to the creation of an online learning resource.