Folkestone Museum Opening

Folkestone Museum Opening Weekend: 27 and 28 May 2017

On 27 May and 28 May Folkestone Museum will open its doors to the public for the first time with a host of family friendly activities.  Join us from 10am – 3pm to explore the collections, meet real bugs and butterflies and characters from Folkestone’s colourful past.  Based in the newly restored Town Hall in the heart of Folkestone, the new museum is the culmination of many years of hard work by Folkestone Town Council, local history enthusiasts and specialists, to save Folkestone’s collections for future generations.

Folkestone Museum focuses on five main themes: on the ground floor ‘Fashionable Folkestone’ records the rise of the town from sleepy fishing village to thriving seaside resort under the patronage of the Radnor family; the ‘Frontline’ theme deals with Folkestone’s involvement in conflict, specifically WWI and WWII; ‘Maritime’ documents the influence of Folkestone’s proximity to the sea, recounting stories of shipwrecks, smuggling, and local fishing heritage.  On the lower floor, ‘Aefre’ the Anglo Saxon skeleton, takes centre stage in a bespoke case displaying grave goods and an interactive touch screen revealing details about the history of our mysterious ancestor.  Also within the ‘Ancient’ theme, the remains of the Roman villa at East Wear Bay are explored.  For dinosaur bones, fascinating fossils, flora and fauna, shells, eggs and beautiful butterflies, head to the ‘Natural’ section.  Children and adults can get stuck in to their own archaeological dig and uncover treasures and fossils from beneath the earth.

In our temporary exhibition space we are pleased to present ‘The Master Collection: A Preview’.  The Master Collection is a special portfolio of works of paper, donated to Folkestone Museum by Amy Master in 1924.  Not shown in the town since 1991, the collection includes works by important Italian and Spanish Old Masters such as Agostino Carracci, Il Guercino, Jusepe de Ribera, and Perino del Vaga, a student of Raphael.  Nine works are included in this taster of the collection, including original engravings by Albrecht Dürer and examples of the exquisite red-chalk studies which feature heavily in the collection.

Folkestone Museum is generously funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Queen Victoria Memorial Foundation, Arts Council England, Roger de Haan Charitable Trust, South East Museums, Kent County Council, and Roland Cruickshanks Foundation.

Admission to Folkestone Museum is free of charge but as a not-for-profit organisation we do rely on donations to maintain free admission. Donation boxes are situated on both floors of the museum and we recommend a minimum donation of £2.00 per visit.