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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

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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.

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