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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Canterbury Heritage Museum

The Canterbury Heritage Museum (formerly the Museum of Canterbury) in Canterbury, Kent is dedicated to the long history of the city.

Canterbury Heritage Museum, Kent

The Canterbury Heritage Museum is within the Poor Priests' Hospital which dates from the 12th century and is located on the River Stour. The exhibits are arranged in a "time walk" from pre-Roman times to the present day.

Canterbury Heritage Museum, UK


The Canterbury Heritage Museum's prized exhibit is the Canterbury Cross, a Saxon brooch believed to date to 850 and found in the city in 1867. Other highlights of the Canterbury Heritage Museum are the original Invicta steam locomotive (above), which ran on the Canterbury to Whitstable railway, the first railway in the world to offer a steam passenger service.

River Stour, Canterbury


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) spent the last five years of his life near Canterbury and various items from the great writer's study are preserved at the museum including his desk, typewriter and pen.

Two other famous residents of Canterbury, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, are celebrated with exhibits of their famous children's TV programmes: The Clangers, Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine and Bagpuss.

Finally, Canterbury born and educated, Mary Tourtel is honoured with an exhibition dedicated to her famous creation, Rupert Bear, which first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper in 1920. Her successor, Albert Bestall, has a number of his illustrations for the Rupert bear annuals on display.

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Stour Street
Canterbury
Kent, CT1 2NR
Tel: 01227 378100
Hours: Generally 11am-5pm; check the website for detailed opening hours.
Admission £8.00 for adults; £10.00 joint ticket with the Roman Museum.

Visitors to Canterbury are recommended to visit the nearby Canterbury Cathedral.

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