Our next exhibition, opening 16th September will be Tight Lines – A dip into the history of Herne Bay’s Sea Angling Clubs, in association with Heron Angling Society, the Herne Bay Angling Association and Greenhill Sea Angling Club.
Exhibits include vintage and classic outboard motors, fishing equipment, memorabilia, photographs and much more!
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!
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.
The Eagle, the British comic featuring Dan Dare, was created in response to the influence of the imported American comics, in the days after the Second World War. Originally a Chaplain, Dare developed into the Pilot of the Future, and developed a wide following amongst the boys particularly, during its publication between 1950 and 1969.
This popular exhibition shows the development from the first idea to the well-loved comic figure, and includes some of the comics, artwork, toys and ephemera that accompanied the phenomenon.
Talks by the curator, either forming a guided tour or as part of our evening talk series, help to round out this fascinating glimpse into the background of the comic, and takes many a visitor back to his childhood.
On Eagle Day, Sunday 18th June, you are welcome to bring along your own ephemera and share your memories with others.
This one is a must. Fascinating!
Following the successful competition and exhibition last year, the Seaside Museum Herne Bay are running another competition this year to select photos for next year’s calendar.
People from all round the town – and from further afield – have submitted photos depicting views of the different seasons in and around the town. Museum volunteers have already chosen their favourite from each season, which will be available from the shop in postcard form.
From Saturday 18th February, the general public will have the opportunity to see the wonderful selection of entries and vote for their own favourite from each season to fill the remaining eight slots in the calendar.
The exhibition is open from Feb 18th to 23rd April, and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
The 2018 Calendar will be on sale at the Museum shop from September this year.
The Seaside Museum is run entirely by volunteers.
Drawn to the Edge is an exhibition of paintings exploring the seaside.
Drawn to the Edge is an exhibition of paintings exploring the seaside. You’ll find all sorts of images old and new.
The Seaside Museum’s 2017 photographic competition is “Herne Bay Through The Seasons”
Following the success of the 2016 competition, the Seaside Museum are once again holding a photographic competition. This year, the theme is Herne Bay Through the Seasons, so have a look through your collection and see if you have any suitable photos to enter into the exhibition. One from each season will be chosen by the museum to be available as postcards, and will be joined by another two from each season, chosen by public vote, and made into a 2018 calendar.
Entries close 31st January, so pick up a copy of the terms and conditions and an entry form and get those photos in as soon as you can!