Photographic exhibition now open

We had a fantastic range of photos entered for our photographic exhibition and competition, possibly our biggest set so far, and they’re all on display in our front gallery. Come and admire them, and vote for your favourites to join the volunteer choices in our 2020 calendar, available from the museum shop from later summer onwards.

The last few of our 2019 calendars are still available at a reduced rate while stocks last.

Next year’s theme will be on architecture in and around Herne Bay (the Hampton/Reculver/Herne triangle). Why not take a wander around the town and see what gems you can spot?

Setting up the exhibition gallery with all the photo entries.

It’s changeover week!

Changeover week for the museum means that while the regular galleries are open as usual, the exhibition gallery is closed while the volunteers prepare for the next exhibition. This time round, it means we’ll be busy framing and hanging the photo entries for the Natural Herne Bay photographic exhibition and competition.

From Saturday, you’ll be invited in to look round the collection of stunning photographs and vote for your favourites. We’ll be putting the top 12 in a calendar for next year.

The photography deadline is approaching fast!

Our next photography exhibition and competition, Natural Herne Bay, is very nearly here! All photos should be in to the museum by the end of next Tuesday, 15th January, please. You may submit up to 3 photos, preferably on A4 photographic paper. If you don’t have the facilities to print at home, then The Studio in Mortimer Street should be able to help, or the booth in Boots will print up to around A5 size (but please make sure your photo file is of good enough quality to print to A4 in case it’s chosen for our calendar!).

Entry forms and the full Terms and Conditions are available from here.

The exhibition will be available to see from 2nd February to 31st March, and during this time you will be able to vote for your favourites for our 2020 calendar.

Limited numbers of the 2019 calendar, featuring Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay, are on sale in the museum shop, subject to availability.

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Gifts for children

Looking for something different for children this Christmas? Did you know that there are books available from the museum shop written especially for children of around 6-7 to read for themselves? Written by a local author in collaboration with two teachers, these tell stories of a family of mice who live in the museum and have adventures around the town.

One book is of winter stories, including charming illustrations of our famous post box toppers, and the other has summer stories.

The Museum Mice of Herne Bay (summer stories) and The Museum Mice in Winter (winter stories)

Call in and see what else is available in our shop, including our 2019 calendar featuring photos taken by local photographers and chosen during our exhibition earlier in the year.

Christmas Raffle Time!

Tickets are now available at the museum for our Christmas raffle! Come and get your chance to win one of a range of great prizes. Why not pop in and look around our new exhibition while you’re there?

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Can you help the museum?

While our shop and main museum are open as usual this week, our exhibition room is closed until the weekend, as volunteers bustle around taking down the cemetery exhibition and setting up our next display, The Art of the Original Print, which opens on Saturday 1st December.

The museum is run entirely by volunteers, who carry out tasks including taking a shift in the museum and shop, working on marketing, organising special events and talks, and the thousand and one other tasks around running a museum – and that’s before you even start to think about organising exhibitions and displays!

We’d love to have more people on the team – the more people involved, the less the load on any individual, and after all, the museum is run for the benefit of the town.

In particular, at the moment we’re looking for someone who’s able to take on odd jobs around the building. Maybe you’re recently retired and looking for something to keep you involved in the town – or you know someone who would fit the bill!

But whatever you think you can help with, we’d love to hear from you. Please pop into theĀ  museum to meet us for a chat, or email or phone for more information.

Do you have memories of the Medway Queen?

Do you have memories of the Medway Queen?
The Medway Queen was launched in 1924 and entered the Thames Estuary routes. She was used as a minesweeper during WW2 and made 7 trips to Dunkirk in 1940. After the war she was refitted and returned to her old routes. Her last sailing was on the 8 September 1963.
Come to the Seaside Museum for our last evening talk this year on
Wednesday 28 November, 6.30 for 7.00pm.

New Exhibition: 1914-1918 Tales from the Cemetery

Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1, our new exhibition reveals a little of the town’s history at the time and the role it played in international events, as well as telling the stories of some of our more prominent townspeople who are buried in the local cemetery.

If you’ve driven from Herne Bay to Canterbury, or along the old Thanet Way from Greenhill towards the Canterbury Road, you will have spotted our local cemetery. On the side of a hill along Canterbury Road, it houses the remains of thousands of former residents of the town. Herne Bay Cemeterians, a group of local volunteers, have recently completed a project to transcribe all of the cemetery’s memorials, and are working to research further into some of the history of the site and its residents.

Our exhibition showcases some of that research, providing fascinating insight into this part of the town’s history, and explaining about the important work the researchers have done and are still carrying out – work that will provide a vital research source for decades and even centuries to come.

There are also two publications available to purchase from the museum written and published by the group.

Bayfest is under way!

The Bayfest 2018 event was launched on Saturday, and there are events throughout the month to help keep the children entertained.

Check out the Bayfest booklet, available around the town, or pick up a leaflet from the museum giving more details of our events.

Most events are free, some have a small charge, and some are best booked in advance, as space is limited.

We look forward to meeting you!