Tenterden & District Museum makes local history accessible to everyone.
Dip into 1,000 years of history with the help of our friendly stewards, and discover rich layers of history, architectural trends over the centuries, house or family histories, all encapsulated in six rooms on two floors.
Interactive screens, an audio guide and clear interpretation of the eclectic collection means there is something for everyone. Young people may like the "mouse trail"; they search for mice dressed up in contemporary costume amongst the artefacts or they may be collecting badges for the Wheels of Time scheme. The steward can tell you more.
Opened in 1976, the Museum is housed in an attractive weatherboard building originally built in 1873 as a waggon store which later became a warehouse for Mr Hooks china business. Described in the deeds as "Plot of garden ground. Two stall stable and coach house with loft over and tool room by estimation 23 perches more or less"
Exhibits show the history of Tenterden and the Cinque Ports, reflecting the rich history of the area. The Museum's most recent achievement is the 20th Century Room which features a showcase 1960s "house" bringing back memories and is nostalgic to all our visitors. There is a mass of information, photographs, recollections and insights jostling for your attention in the new exhibition.
What you see is just the tip of the iceberg, the interactive screen and handsets next to the wallboards hold an astonishing amount of content. The interactive screen covers every decade of the 20th Century. For example, 1920-1928 features the dedication of the war memorial, the floods at Wittersham and the Hales Place pageant of 1921 with photos from the Museum Archive cleverly inserted into the text.
Alongside the interactive screen are "easy to use" audio handsets with an index of interviews. The interviews are fascinating as they were given by local people. Mr Goldsmith speaks of his childhood memories of his first sighting of an aeroplane, the May Fairs, and the Leigh Green Windmill Fire of 1913.
If you would rather browse, there are twelve large wallboards. Ten of the wallboards focus no local events from each decade and feature sport, the High Street, and Royal visits. The other two wallboards document WWI and WWII.
Situated in a quiet car park 25 yards from the pretty tree lined High Street. The museum enjoys a convenient position near the town's cafes and boutique shops, bordering two large car parks, one of which has toilets and a summertime coach park, all close to the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
The Tenterden & District Museum is run entirely by volunteers and is self-funding and the £2 entrance charge (free for under 18s) goes towards the care of the collection.
Museum shop, small gifts to remind you of your visit to Tenterden
Open every day from Good Friday or 1st April (whichever is earlier) to first weekend in October including Bank Holidays
Easter to end June 1.30pm to 4.30pm
July ~ August ~ September ~ October 11am to 4.30pm
Sundays and Mondays 1.30 – 4.30pm
We look forward to meeting you
Photos held at the Tenterden Museum
There are hundreds of photographs held at Tenterden Museum, come and have a look. Photo: The White Lion Hotel in the 19 century.