Exhibition - Reverend David Railton M.C.

The Friends of St Mary’s and St Eanswythe’s and Folkestone Museum are proud to present ‘Reverend David Railton M.C.’ This moving exhibition is available to visit at Folkestone Museum from the 17th October 2020 and reflects on Railton's experiences of the First World War which lead to his idea for the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

The iconic image of the Tomb has been recreated, with the permission of Westminster Abbey and will be on display at Folkestone Museum, along with a recording of some of his private letters, courtesy of his family and a film on loan from the Imperial War Museum.

Please note:

The Museum is running reduced opening hours, the current opening hours are:

Thursday - Saturday
10.00 - 16.00 (last entry 15.00)

In busy periods we may ask you to book a time slot to ensure we can maintain social
distancing throughout the museum.

Please wear a face mask or face covering, there will be hand sanitisers for the maintenance of hygiene. To aid social distancing and to ensure people will feel safe visiting us, we have implemented a one-way system around the museum.


FotoFolkes

FotoFolkes is a community project aimed at celebrating local diversity and raising awareness of South Kent Mind’s presence in the area. The local community has been invited to send in their photos, which have been published on Instagram and now are proudly on display at Folkestone Museum. The project, funded by Live Well Kent, began before the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown but has since become more significant, giving an insight into people’s experiences of social isolation and what has since become the new ‘normal’. These images provoke a real sense of community in the current loneliness epidemic the UK is currently facing. Around 1.2 million older people are believed to be struggling with severe loneliness and chronic isolation, so it is hoped that this project can benefit individuals mental state as they are more likely to reach out and feel less alone.


Museum Closure - COVID-19

We are very sorry to say that all of our events are currently postponed until further notice. Museum staff are currently following Government advice and have decided to close Folkestone Museum while the COVID-19 Virus is active. We will continually review the situation and hope to reopen in the not too distant future.


CSI: Folkestone - Threads of Time

CSI: Folkestone - A British Science Week Special Event - Threads of Time
 
What did Anglo-Saxons wear?
 
As part of British Science Week we’re exploring textiles and costume this coming Saturday as part of our wider week looking at our Anglo-Saxon Skeleton Aefre and Folkestone's patron saint St Eanswythe.
 
You’ll be able to see re-enactors portraying Anglo-Saxon life, the replicated clothes of St Eanswythe, spinning, weaving and dyeing, antler and bone carving with Wulfheodenas and Luta's Linen Chest. You can also take part in activities in the CSI: lab, looking the science behind archaeology.
 
We're also excited to announce Fashion Historian Amber Butchart (from the BBC TV series 'A Stitch in Time') will be talking at 2pm.

Folkestone A.D. 600 – Anglo-Saxon Times

CSI: Folkestone - A British Science Week Special Event
 
As part of British Science Week we’re exploring textiles, jewellery making, wood working and costume as part of our wider week looking at our Anglo-Saxon Skeleton Aefre and Folkestone's patron saint St Eanswythe.
 
You’ll be able to see re-enactors portraying Anglo-Saxon life, the replicated clothes of St Eanswythe, spinning, weaving and dyeing, antler and bone carving with Wulfheodenas and Luta's Linen Chest. You can also take part in activities in the CSI: lab, looking the science behind archaeology.
 
This event is a FREE drop-in event, no booking required. Part of Folkestone Museum British Science Week
 
Donations are gratefully received with a suggested donation of £2 or more per visit. There are three colourful donation boxes around the Museum for you to use.

Exhibition - Eurotunnel 25 Years On

Eurotunnel are celebrating their 25th anniversary! To mark the occasion, Eurotunnel have commissioned a special exhibition exclusively at Folkestone Museum! The Exhibition is open until 7th March 2020 and is our biggest yet, with everything from geology and archaeology to science and engineering.


The History and Possible Futures of Folkestone Gas Works

Presented by Pioneering Places East Kent: Folkestone, the full exhibition is displayed across three sites in Folkestone and explores the history and possible futures of the Ship Street Gasworks. At Folkestone Museum they tell the story of Foord, from rural village to the railway and industrialisation, with much of the content contributed by local residents.

Pioneering Places East Kent is part of the national Great Place Scheme, an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities.

The other sites include Sunflower House and Urban Room. For more information please click here


Shane Record – Live Painting Demonstration

Artist Shane Record will be staging a fantastic live painting demonstration here at Folkestone Museum during the Easter Holidays.

Come and watch as Shane makes a painting come to life on the 17th April 2019 from 10.30, where he will be using household emulsion to paint an 8 ft Folkestone scene.

 

 


Shane Record 'A Retrospective'

Folkestone Museum is currently exhibiting a selection of artist Shane Record's paintings from over the past 20 years. Shane's oil paintings of the local area not only capture the unique position of our town between the sea and the Kent Downs, but also the changing fortunes of a town that is undergoing a period of regeneration.

The artwork featured is 'Marine Crescent at Dusk', an area in transition - what might it look like 20 years from now? One thing that will remain the same is the glow on the horizon between the sea and sky so deftly captured in Shane's landscapes.

The exhibition is FREE to visit, donations are gratefully received with a suggested donation of £2 or more per visit. There are three colourful donation boxes around the Museum for you to use.

For more information on this or other events please visit folkestonemuseum.co.uk or call 01303 257946


Walter Tull: His Life and Legacy

Folkestone Museum is delighted to present an exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Walter Tull. Born in Folkestone in 1888 to a British mother and Bajan father, Walter was one of the first black outfield footballers to play at the highest level, for Tottenham Hotspur, Northampton Town and Clapton.

To coincide with Armistice centenary commemorations in November and Black History Month in October 2018, 100 years after Walter’s death, Folkestone Museum will bring Walter’s story to a new generation.

This exhibition has been made possible by the generous loan of archival material from the Finlayson Family Archive, Action for Children (The Children’s Home and Orphanage), the National Army Museum, and Tottenham Hotspur, and with the kind assistance of Walter Tull’s biographer, Phil Vasili.