Wheels of time presentations

The Seaside museum would like to celebrate and congratulate Rafferty Parr-Clark and Abigail Balmer, seen here receiving their bronze Wheels of Time badge and certificate, after visiting 10 sites in the scheme. Both are now working towards collecting their silver badges.
Presented by Ian Tittley, chairman,  and Audrey Parkes, Trustee of The seaside Museum Herne Bay,  museum coordinator of the scheme  and Core Member of the Wheels of Time.

Fossil hunting

Our beach is well known for sharks’ teeth, but what else can be found?

During Bayfest, a group of adults and children had the chance to find out, as they joined expert Phil Hadland for a walk along the shore at low tide.

This event proved very popular, and another has been arranged for 17th September – contact the museum for further information and to book your place.

UPDATE: the fossil walk on 17th September is now fully booked, I’m afraid – keep watching for further events!

children and adults searching for fossils on the beach at low tide

What’s On September onwards

Our new What’s On list is now available from the museum, listing our exhibitions, talks and children’s events for the next few months.

We also have another fossil walk planned, for 17th September at 3.30pm. Booking is essential for this very popular activity. Join our expert for a walk along the beach and learn what to look out for and how to find the different types of fossils commonly found in the area.

Full information is available from the museum.


Our next photo competition

As the artwork is finished off for the 2018 calendars, to be available in the museum shop from September onwards, here’s some advance information on next year’s competition.

The theme will be Leisure and Pleasure, and we hope to feature a wide variety of photos celebrating the different activities our town has to offer.

Full terms and conditions will be made available later on, when the competition is officially launched nearer the end of the year, but in the meantime start taking those photos!

We do ask that you are very aware of the need to seek permission from anyone identifiable in the photographs, and will assume that you have done so before you submit any photos to us.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Bouncing bombs

Did you know where else the bouncing bombs were tested during the Second World War?

It’s common knowledge that the bombs were tested off the coast of nearby Reculver, and a statue of Barnes Wallis now stands at on the downs near the King’s Hall to commemorate the connection.

But as this report suggests, they were tested in Scotland as well.

One of the smaller, Highball bombs is a popular attraction at the Seaside Museum, Herne Bay, and we are currently making arrangements to display the fragment of the larger Upkeep bomb that was found on Reculver beach earlier this year.



Bayfest at The Seaside Museum Herne Bay

Bayfest promises to be a summer-long festival, with events throughout the town. The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is proud to present our own events in conjunction with the festival.

Children must be accompanied by an adult on all museum activities.

Wednesday 9 August 11.00-12.00 Story time and Craft at the Seaside Museum – Make wooden spoon pirates and mermaids. Free event

Thursday 10 August 11.30-3.30 Dress up in Victorian costumes at the Seaside Museum. Free event

Saturday 12 August 2.30-3.30 Local Smuggling Tales with Storyteller Rob Masters. Family activity at the Seaside Museum. Take part in a play about a true rescue of two children that happened in the sea at Herne Bay. Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Monday 14 August 10.30 Beach crawl – Meet at the King’s Hall. Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance.

Wednesday 16 August 11.00 Learn all about Punch and Judy with Pip the Clown at the Seaside Museum. Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Thursday 17 August 11.00-12.30 ‘Mr Punch’ puppet making workshop at the Seaside Museum – Part 1 Make Mr Punch. Limited numbers, please book in advance. Cost £3.00

Sunday 20 August Meet at 4.30 Travel back in time 56 million years to discover the fossils of prehistoric monsters that once lived in Herne Bay, with Phil Hadland. Booking essential. Free event. For full details please contact the Seaside Museum UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 22 August 11.00

Learn all about Punch and Judy with Pip the Clown at the Seaside Museum.

Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Wednesday 23 August 11.00-12.00

Story time and Craft at the Seaside Museum – Clay printing.

Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Thursday 24 August 11.00-12.30

‘Mr Punch’ puppet making workshop at the Seaside Museum – Part 2 Paint your Mr Punch.

Limited numbers, please book in advance.


New exhibition – Cartoonists All At Sea

We all love cartoons – they seek to entertain and amuse. But sometimes their fun hides a serious message.

This new exhibition, now open, explores the relationship between cartoonists and the sea over the past hundred years or so, featuring images from notable cartoonists such as W.K. Haselden, Will Dyson, Emmwood, Giles, Strube, Trog and others, mostly original artwork.

Sometimes the sea is a literal one – as a seafaring nation we seem to view the sea with great distrust and a healthy respect for all the dangers it can hold. We are an island community fascinated with this alien element that surrounds us. We play in it, sail on it, but we never entirely trust it. It both attracts and repels us, but at least it saves us from the horror of having a land border.

Sometimes the sea is used as a metaphor for trouble or personal difficulty – politicians are seen cast adrift on a tide of events or drowning in issues beyond their control. In cartoons the ship of state can take the form of anything from a square rigger to an ocean liner, captained by a feckless prime-minister and steered toward rocks or a turbulent ocean.

Issues of the day may be analysed with a satirical edge, or the cartoons may carry propaganda to aid the war effort.

The show is in association with The British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent, who are kindly loaning all the artwork, and forms the SEASIDE MUSEUM’S contribution to the Cartoon Festival, which itself is part of BayFest, the new Herne Bay Festival.