Leisure and Pleasure Exhibition now open

The new exhibition is now open – a photographic display of Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay. There’s a great selection of photos, four of which will be available as postcards, and we’re asking you to vote for your top three from the rest. The most popular eight photos will join the volunteers’ choices in next year’s calendar.

Please note that next year’s exhibition will be something along the lines of “Natural Herne Bay”, so start taking photos for it now!

There’s also the chance to see the entries for the children’s Deco Dress Design competition.

Behind the scenes at the museum

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!

 

Children’s design competition!

Entries are now being accepted for our children’s competition: design party clothes inspired by our 1920s exhibition.

Entry forms and details can be collected from the museum, and we have two great prizes – one for the primary age group (5-11), and the other for secondary age group (11-18).

New exhibition – Deco Dress

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:

Talks

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)

Children’s Events

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.

Photography competition

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.

 

Photography exhibition – Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay

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

Tight Lines – A Dip into the History of Herne Bay’s Sea Angling Clubs

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.

 

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.

 

Tight Lines exhibition

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!

 

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.