Home Schooling Resources Taster

We'd like to introduce parents of home-schooled children to the resources that Folkestone Museum can provide and to gauge interest in the Museum hosting a monthly home-schooling day.

11.00 Meet the Folkestone Museum team and tea & coffee

11.20 Presentation introducing Folkestone Museum’s collection, education programme, Learn with Objects website and 'Toolbox Loan Boxes'

11.40 Using loans boxes at home: hands-on exploration of a 'Toolbox Loans Box' and tips/hints on how to use a loans box effectively

12.00 Break and tea & coffee

12.20 Mini-lesson; parents play ‘History Detective’ using real & replica artefacts

12.45 Questions and sign-up

13.00 Close

To register your interest please email Alison Moore, Outreach & Audience Development Officer, at Folkestone Museum alison.moore@folkestone-tc.gov.uk


Make It! Under The Sea

We're going beneath the waves to explore the creatures that live in the sea!

Join us and make a mini shark or octopus and meet Ossie* the Octopus too.

Craft activities are suitable for 4-11 yearolds, younger visitors can also take part but they may need a little help.

There are two sessions, 11am-12.45pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, no booking is necessary but we may restrict numbers, if busy, for everyones comfort and safety.

For further details email museum@folkestone-tc.gov.uk, ask at the Town Hall Information Desk or call 01303 257946 during normal office hours.

*Ossie isn't a real octopus, they belong in the sea!


Eanswythe and the Anglo-Saxons

Folkestone Museum and St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church jointly present ‘Eanswythe and the Anglo-Saxons’ on the 11th & 12th September.

This weekend, which we hope to become an annual event, is a celebration of Folkestone’s Anglo-Saxon (410-1066AD) heritage, including its patron Saint St Eanswythe. The event is timed to coincide with St Eanswythe’s feast day, which falls on the 12th September every year. St Eanswythe is one of England’s earliest indigenous saints, a member of the Kentish Royal Dynasty, who helped introduce Christianity into the country by welcoming the Augustinian mission in the 5th Century. Eanswythe herself, born some forty years later was to figure in the establishment of Folkestone’ Anglo-Saxon minster and her remains, exceptionally, have stayed in the church dedicated to her, surviving Henry VIII’s Reformation and the break from the Roman Catholic Church in the 1530s.

Saturday 12th September

This is the focus for the historical aspects of the event, which will take place in both the Museum and St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church. The locations and times are as follows (subject to availability):

11.00 (Church)              Welcome by Father John Walker
From 11.00 (Museum)  Anglo-Saxon storytelling and craft activities
11.15 (Church)              Coffee and cake
11.30 (Church)              Father John Walker – ‘St Eanswythe’s meditation practices’
12.15 (Church)              Craft stalls
Re-enactment by local groups taking place through the day in and around the Museum and Church
15.00 (Museum)           Dr Andrew Richardson - ‘St Eanswythe and Kentish Royal Burials’*
19:00 (Church)              Lunatraktors (click to follow link) ‘broken folk’ concert**

*This is a pay to enter lecture with tickets a £5.00 per person, please go to the Folkestone Museum Billetto webpage (click to follow link)
**The Lunatrakors concert is free but donations will be gratefully accepted

Sunday 12th September – St Eanswythe’s Day

A solemn Eucharist for St Eanswythe Day followed by coffee, wine and cake, given by Father John Walker in St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church at 10.30am

This webpage will be kept up-to-date with any changes to the programme. For any other details please enquire at Folkestone Town Hall, St Mary’s & St Eanswythe’s Church or call 01303 257946.


Online: Diwali Festival Light Decorations

From 12.00

Happy Diwali! Folkestone Museum is proud to celebrate the Diwali Festival and invites you and your family to join us in making festival lights in our online tutorial on Facebook. 

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and symbolises the spiritual ‘Victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance’. The festival also gives people hope and positivity by sharing messages of love and happiness with friends and family. We’d love to see how your craft has turned out please post pictures on the video thread and any Diwali messages you would like to send out!


Online Crafting - Stained Glass Leaves

Autumn has arrived at Folkestone Museum. Join us online on Saturday 3rd October where we will be making some stained glass leaves. You can stick them onto a window, door or stand in front of battery tea lights to make them glow.

The online crafting session will be going live at 12pm, Saturday 3rd October 2020 and you can purchase packs with crafting materials used in the video from the Museum for £1. We’d love to see how your craft has turned out so please post online and tag Folkestone Museum so that we can share it!

For more information please email museum@folkestone-tc.gov.uk


Fintastic Fish Crafting

Our crafting sessions are back! Take the plunge and join our 'fintastic' fishy crafting sessions here at the Museum. You will be schooled on how to make a 'sofishticated' fish mobile, a simple craft suitable for all ages. All materials will be provided, and children can take home what they make.

This is a free crafting event, each table can seat up to 6 members of the same bubble, only 1 ticket needs to be reserved to book a table and we ask that you arrive promptly for your start time as we may not be able to guarantee your place if you turn up late. We ask that children are accompanied by an adult at all times and that adults and children aged 12+ please wear a face mask or face covering, there will be hand sanitisers available 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 and 15-minute intervals between craft bookings. The NHS Track and Trace system is in place on entry to the Town Hall. 

To reserve your ticket please click here 


CSI: Laboratory

Exploring the tool marks on St Eanswyth's Reliquary.
 
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.

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.

Talk: What did Anglo-Saxons use instead of plastic?

Sue Quadling will hold a fascinating hands on workshop and talk showing the materials used by Anglo-Saxons.
 
Sue has been a part of Dover Museum's education department for over 20 years maximising young peoples interaction and participation.
 
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.

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.