Our museums provide a wealth of learning resources and activities for adults in an inspirational environment.

From free taster sessions and popular lectures to guided tours and object-based reminiscence sessions, there is something to suit all interests.

Specialist artist-led workshops inspired by the collections are also available in the Learning Lab and provide a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with your creative side, learn new skills and make friends.

History of Art Highlights Tour

Take part in a fun, interactive guided tour of The Beaney to discover highlights from one of the best art collections in the South East of England, uncovering fascinating stories along the way.

View paintings by Canterbury’s most famous local artist, Thomas Sidney ‘Cow’ Cooper. Learn about our founder Dr Beaney, and share your ideas about the mysterious portrait of The Girl at the Door. Why is she wearing black, and what do you think is behind the door? View the dramatic life size portrait of The Murder of Becket, Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims and the most infamous episode in Canterbury’s colourful historyIncluded is a fun opportunity for students to become a living work of art by dressing up as one of the portraits!

Duration 30 to 45 minutes
Cost per student £60 per tour (for groups up to 30)
Age group 11 years +
Maximum group size 30
Language This session can be adapted for different levels of English (Beginner to advanced)
Availability Everyday
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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Popular Lectures

Sign up for one of the Beaney’s popular lectures which take place once a month on a Thursday evening. These are one hour illustrated talks inspired by the building, its collections and Canterbury’s rich heritage. £4 per person/£3 for members. See upcoming Popular Lectures here

Regular special events 

See our ‘What’s On’ guide for a packed programme of activities run in partnership with local artists, craftspeople and special interest groups. Visit our What’s On page for more information

Free taster sessions and workshops

From drawing and painting, to sculpture and creative writing – join a free taster session at the Beaney led by a tutor from Canterbury Adult Education Centre. In partnership with Canterbury Adult Education Centre. For details of forthcoming sessions see the Beaney What’s On page.

Volunteering opportunities

If you have a special interest or passion, why not get involved? We have lots of volunteering opportunities available for adults. Please get in touch or visit our Volunteering page for more details. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Health and Wellbeing

For opportunities to join Beaney-based groups for people affected by issues such as dementia, social isolation and sight loss visit our Health and Wellbeing page here