Mining museum opening next year gains over 500 artifacts

PUBLISHED: 15:21 16 August 2017

Moving artifacts from Dover Museum

Moving artifacts from Dover Museum


BOrrowed: Some artefacts have come from Dover Museum

The Kent Mining Museum, due to open at Betteshanger Park near Deal in 2018, have become custodians of over 500 artefacts relating to the history of the Kent Coalfield.

The collection, on loan from Dover Museum, includes mining workwear, signage, equipment and ephemera and will form part of the museum displays and its research archive.

The collection move comes after the museum recently completed its storeroom. With new environmental monitoring equipment, funded by a donation from the Association of Independent Museums, the Kent Mining Museum is able to care for and help preserve items relating to its mining heritage.

Darran Cowd, museum and heritage manager, said: “To be asked to take care of this substantial collection is a big vote of confidence for the Kent Mining Museum.

“Many of the items will form parts of the displays when we open the doors to the museum next year. There are deep links between the coalfield and the wider communities of the Dover area and we continue to work closely with Dover Museum to collect and promote the heritage of the area.”

Jon Iveson and Dr Lynda Pearce of Dover Museum facilitated the loan and made their own knowledge of the coalfield available to the museum project.

The museum is actively looking for further stories and items about the Kent Coalfield.

If anyone has something, a badge, books, photographs, Davy lamp, tools or a grandparent’s diary telling of their journey to Kent, the team are asking you to get in touch.

The Kent Mining Heritage Foundation (KMHF) is a registered charity working in partnership with Betteshanger Park, Hadlow Group, Aylesham and Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Centres to collect, care and promote East Kent’s coal mining heritage.

From the outset The Betteshanger Project has been working towards a fundraising target of £1.8m. Through the work of the Kent Mining Heritage Foundation’s Development Group the project has received unprecedented support but still currently faces a £0.9m funding gap.

Latest entertainment

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Sensational 60s Experience will soon be returning to Bromley for on night only.

Monday, January 1, 2018

If 2018 is going to be anything like 2017, it’s going to be unpredictable.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

How much do you remember about the weird and wacky world of Twitter this year?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

OK, you’ve probably eaten and drunk too much and you may be suffering for it today.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Fancy yourself as something of an aficionado of Christmas TV?

Friday, November 24, 2017

From the Top features classic swing songs

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The prints can be seen at Bluewater Shopping Centre and Tunbridge Wells

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Maidstone rock festival is now in its 4th year

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24