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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CRAIG CARRIES… IRON AGE POTTERY

We are back with our regular feature ‘Crag carries’ where our Collections Manager, Craig Bowen, showcases the objects he is currently transporting around our museums before they go on display. This week Craig has been carrying… Iron Age Pottery Dating from 50 – 100 AD this assemblage of handmade pottery...

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LASHINGS OF FUN!

What an incredible first week we have had hosting Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts: The many adventures of Enid Blyton at the Beaney!  So many visitors have walked through the doors to see Blyton’s famous typewriter, her diaries and of course, to drive Noddy’s car! Here are just a few of our...

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BLYTON, BOOKS AND BONBONS!

Tomorrow sees the opening of the Beaney’s latest exhibition, Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts: the many adventures of Enid Blyton. With a promise of lashings of fun for all the family, the exhibition is set to be popular with both children and those taking a stroll down memory lane. Amid...

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MUSEUM DROP-IN AND MITHRAISM

Dan Simpson was poet-in-residence at Canterbury Roman Museum. You can read more on Dan’s residency here. I ran a writing drop-in session at Canterbury Roman Museum last Wednesday, where people were free to join me in creating some Roman artefact-inspired poems. David Walsh (who joined me on the very first leg of my...

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FIRST ARMCHAIR VISIT

Nicky Thompson was the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. You can read her blog posts here and on her blog Pebble Press. I felt a bit like the proverbial kid in a candy store. As I began wandering around the rooms, the variety of the exhibits hit me hard and...

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THE BEST #MUSEUMSELFIE’S FROM THE BEANEY

In case you haven’t logged into your Twitter account, today is #MuseumSelfie day! Here at the Beaney the art and the staff have been marking it in style. Who knew we were all such a vain bunch? Here are a few of our favourites from the day… …and of course...

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THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 1,000 OBJECTS

October 2014 saw the publication of Dorling Kindersley’s History of the World in 1,000 Objects, which features dozens of items from our collections. For all the museums staff and frequent visitors the release was a gentle reminder of the sheer diversity of the objects in our collections. It was an...

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