The museum is hiring! Although all the work of running the museum is done by volunteers, we’ve reached the point where we need to pay someone to help with the admin side. Please see the brief below on who we’re looking for and how to apply.
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!
Don’t forget our photo competition!
Posters for our next photo competition will be going up around town soon! We are looking for photos that show off Natural Herne Bay.
We ask that your photos show some aspect of nature and can be identified as taken somewhere within the area of the Hampton/Reculver/Herne triangle.
Up to three entries per person, to be submitted as prints (preferably A4 landscape size) along with an entry form. Entries to be with the Seaside Museum by 15th January 2019.
Entries will form our January/February exhibition next year, and the top 12 entries (4 chosen by museum volunteers plus 8 chosen by public vote) will form our 2020 calendar.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
The Red Rover Exhibition
Red Rover Exhibition is now open
Our new exhibition is now open to the public – The Red Rover tells the story of the paddle steamer and her sister ship, how she served the town, and how she contributed to the development of the town itself.
It’s a fascinating story, about the first tourists to visit the seaside. The pier was built so they didn’t have to transfer to rowing boats to come ashore, and coaches would take them on to other parts of the county.
Do visit the museum, have a good look around our exhibition and learn something new about our wonderful town!
Herne Bay’s Oysters – talk
Volunteering at the museum
Are you looking for a new interest? The Seaside Museum is a great starting point for visitors, and our current Dambusters Raid exhibition is proving very popular, but our volunteers are thinly stretched and we’re always looking for more people to join our team.
It’s a great opportunity to gain experience in a working environment, meet new people and learn more about our town.
Please come and join us, and help us to keep this valuable resource open!
As well as taking a shift in the shop (around 3 hours a week commitment), we have people working on the marketing team, building maintenance, organising/coordinating exhibitions, organising stock and the hundred and one other jobs that go alongside running a museum.
Photography competition and exhibition – Natural Herne Bay
2020 is a long time away! But we’re already thinking about it.
The 2018 exhibition, Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay, is now over, and we’re in the process of putting together a calendar from the winning entries. This will be available to buy in our museum shop from around September-time, and makes an excellent present.
2019 will see our next exhibition and competition, with the theme Natural Herne Bay, and the winning photos from that will go forward into our 2020 calendar.
While January 2019 is a long way away, we want to give you plenty of notice so that you can take some fantastic photos over the next few months. So we’re already releasing the entry forms, and look forward to receiving your entries.
We’d like to see photos that show some element of nature within the Hampton/Reculver/Herne triangle (ideally there would be something within the picture that shows the location).
Photo Competition Entry Form 2019
Photo Competition Terms and Conditions 2019