COVID UPDATE October 2020. We are now closed. We reopen Easter 2021. Thank you to all our fabulous visitors this season and to all our amazing volunteers for their hard work.
The Tenterden Museum is housed in a two storey weather boarded building, one of the last representatives in Tenterden of a type of industrial building common in the area in the latter part of the 19th century.
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. The museum borders two large car parks and is close to the Kent and East Sussex Railway. There is a shop full of Tenterden gifts.
Exhibits show the history of Tenterden and the Cinque Ports, reflecting the rich history of the area. Including artefacts ranging from Tenterden's recently discovered 18th Century Tenterden Theatre wallpaper to a 1500 BC flint axe head.
EXHIBITION - THE 1960s HOME
The story of Tenterden & District in the 20th Century, starring the 1960s. The 1960s was decade of "Excitement Freedom and Promise". Tenterden Museum has transformed one of its exhibition areas to a 1960s home. Revive ~ Recall ~ Recapture your memories!
The story of the 1960's home: a lounge, kitchen and shed from a house in the 1960s. The house belongs to the Jarvis family. It began as a farm worker's cottage in the 1920s. It has been in the Jarvis family since it was built and recently Richard Jarvis and his wife Brenda moved in. Richard is an agricultural engineer and Brenda stays at home to look after then son Michael and their new baby Linda. They have thoroughly upgraded the house installing electricity throughout and creating an inside bathroom and toilet. Some of the original features, the fireplace in the lounge and the sink and taps in the kitchen have been retained but Richard and Brenda have decorated and furnished the place in a modern style to suit their tastes.
1900 TO 1990 DISPLAY
Display boards showing life in Tenterden from 1900 to 1999. Interactive system: choose a decade and discover: In the News; In & Around Tenterden; Clubs and Societies; Family Stories; Movie Clips; Royal Occasions
There are hundreds of photographs held at Tenterden Museum, come and have a look. Photo: The White Lion Hotel in the 19 century.