BAGPUSS STAMP FEATURES ON POSTBOX IN CANTERBURY

The Bagpuss stamp was unveiled today on a postbox in Canterbury to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s much-loved modern Special Stamps programme (#yearofthestamp). Bagpuss featured on a set of Special Stamps issued in 2014 celebrating much-loved characters from children’s TV, marking 40 years since he made his debut. ...

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THE RADFALL

Rob Turner is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  I didn’t know I was going to start this residency with the Radfall, it just jumped out at me. I was looking through a cabinet of old Ordnance Survey maps in the local studies section of the Library...

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ROBOT EGG CUPS, PAOLOZZI PRINTS & PIZZAS

This weekend saw the opening of the Beaney’s latest Special Exhibition, Home And Away: Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N and photographs of SE England by Tony Ray-Jones. Created in the 1960s, General Dynamic F.U.N is one of Eduardo Paolozzi’s great print series, bringing together clashing images culled from magazines to...

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THE BEANEY BLYTON WINNERS!

Throughout the duration of our popular Enid Blyton exhibition we have been inviting children to enter our Beaney Blyton Story Competition, with three age groups in for the chance of winning some exclusive Blyton-themed prizes. The Under 5s were asked to write a few words about What Noddy did at...

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LAYING THE FIRST BEANEY STONE

When learning about the history of the Beaney many are devastated to learn that a pub called the George & Dragon Inn, was demolished to make room for the museum. However, with dozens of other drinking haunts down Canterbury High Street the devastation doesn’t last long, and they are reminded that the...

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10 FACTS ALL BOOK LOVERS OF KENT NEED TO KNOW

In celebration of #WorldBookDay, here’s a roundup of little known facts about our favourite authors with a connection to Kent and Canterbury… 1. In the 1920s Canterbury resident Mary Tourtel was asked by the Daily Express to invent a children’s character for the newspaper. Her creation was the iconic, and...

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NEW WAYS TO EXPLORE

Nicky Thompson was Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. You can read her blog posts here and on her blog Pebble Press. The last time I was lucky enough to have a writing residency was a few years ago, at the Little Blue Hut in Tankerton. The Little Blue Hut was...

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