The museum is closed today, but that doesn’t mean it’s all stop. Yesterday was the last chance to view the Deco Dress exhibition, so this week everything related to that exhibition will be taken down, including the window display. The photos submitted for our Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay are being sorted and framed, and will be hung in the gallery this week ready for the start of the exhibition next Saturday. Volunteers are choosing their favourites to be made into postcards, and voting slips are being prepared for you to choose your favourites to join them in the 2019 calendar. The new window display is being prepared.
And there’s still all the other work that goes on in a museum and gift shop – checking stock, organising the rota, working on the rest of the exhibitions that are scheduled for the year, developing the outreach programme to involve families in the community, developing marketing and publicity, and carrying out building maintenance, to name just a few of the jobs.
During the next week, the rest of the museum is open as normal, but there will be no access to the front exhibition room. And of course our gift shop is open, with a wide selection of gifts and other items, many locally sourced.
From Saturday, we’re looking forward to revealing the entries for the photo exhibition and competition. Please come and vote!
Our next exhibition, Delving into Deco Dress, is currently being set up, and will be open to the public from Saturday 18th November.
There are a number of events planned to tie in with this exhibition, including:
27th November From the Edwardians to Thirties: the Development of Dress (7 for 7.30) Judith Dore Kent Costume Trust
9th January 2018 Glitz and Glamour: Decorations on 1920s costume (7 for 7.30) Judith Dore Kent Costume Trust
Sunday 7th January 2018 Making of the 1920s Elsa Dress Marian Heath Kent Costume Trust talk/workshop (4-6)
Saturday 18th November Launch of our children’s competition: Design your own party clothes inspired by the 1920s.
Children are asked to design party clothes inspired by the Delving into Deco Dress and Design exhibition using any medium – crayons, glitter, material, paint etc. Prizes for the best designs. Competition closes Sunday 14 January 2018.
Saturday 25th November Children’s workshop Make a 1920s party headband for Christmas
The exhibition is in conjunction with the Kent Costume Trust.
Each year we hold a photography competition and exhibition, and produce a calendar from some of the wonderful photos.
The next theme, for exhibition in 2018 and a 2019 calendar, is Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay. Please look through your photos, spread the word and pick up your entry forms from the museum.
Entry forms and Terms and Conditions for our next photography exhibition and competition are now available.
Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay seeks to celebrate the many ways that our locals and visitors can have fun around the town.
Entries to be at the museum by 16th January 2018.
Once again there will be a chance to vote for your favourite, to be included in our next calendar.
It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary permission from anyone featured in your photo!
Entries from children welcome.
Photography Entry Form 2018
Photo comp 2018 Terms and Conditions
Heron Angling Society, The Herne Bay Angling Association and Greenhill Sea Angling Club have come together to put on a fascinating exhibition on the history of sea angling in the town. Exhibits include vintage and classic outboard motors, fishing equipment, memorabilia and photographs. The gallery gives an insight into over 100 years of sea angling and some of the local people who established the clubs and traditions.
The exhibition opens on 16th September and runs until Sunday November 12th. The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
An accompanying talk is planned for Monday 9th October, The One That Got Away, by Kevin Morris. This will be held at the museum at 6.30 for a 7pm start. Tickets for the talk are available from the museum.
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 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!