Sir Basil Dixwell by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Arguably a pearl in The Beaney’s collection, Van Dyck’s portrait of Sir Basil Dixwell (1638) was acquired by The Beaney in 2004, and is an excellent example of the refined painting style that went on to have a dominant influence on portraiture in England for 150 years. Sir Anthony van...

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South Indian Mace

One of the gallery’s great collections was bought to us by a man named Stephen Lushington. Described by Jane Austen as a “man of taste” who she ‘liked very much’ Lushington was a local Member of Parliament and Governor of Madras in India (1791-1803). On his return to England he...

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Mummified Cat

In Ancient Egypt Mummification was not limited to humans. From snakes and beetles to hippos and crocodiles, the Ancient Egyptians mummified all sorts of different creatures. Cats, being sacred, were not excluded from this. Many cats were mummified in the city of Bubastis, the centre of worship of the cat...

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Anglo Saxon Kentish Silver Disc Brooch

Antiquarians, then archaeologists have been exploring Kent since the 18th Century. Their most outstanding finds were Anglo-Saxon items dating from the 5th to 8th centuries. At this time Kent was an independent, wealthy kingdom with continental connections...

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Materials and Masters

Materials and Masters examines raw materials in detail, from rocks in the earth to the life on its surface; exploring the journey at the hands of the artists who transform those materials into art.

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The Beaney Café

The Beaney café is the perfect place to relax, unwind and contemplate. Whether you are stopping by for your morning Espresso, utilising the Free Wi-fi or enjoying lunch with your friends and family, customers are able to enjoy an ever-changing menu of soups, cream teas, toasted Paninis, sandwiches and locally...

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CANTERBURY AT WAR: A JOURNEY

Patricia Wilson Smith, Artist and Curator, take us through the journey which led her to curate ‘Canterbury at War’; a new exhibition in The Beaney Front Room gallery. At the beginning of 2014 I decided that I would have nothing to do with commemorating the First World War. I had always...

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