Visitor FAQs

We want to keep you updated about how we are responding to the coronavirus situation. Below are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions in the light of current guidance. What do I need to do to visit The Beaney?  We are now operating a booking system if...

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African Dagger in Scabbard

Our ‘Wider World’ case in our Explorers & Collectors gallery features two gold plated knives, bought back from Africa by a Royal Navy officer called Boteler. Part of the navy’s mission was to suppress the slave trade and Boteler’s ship captured several slave trading ships during the voyage. Collected in...

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Museum of You

Would you like to have your artwork showcased at The Beaney? Or do you have an interesting object at home that you would like to share a story about? We are inviting you to help us co-create our 'Museum of You' exhibition, celebrating your creativity, stories and experiences for our...

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The Beaney Highlights Tour

Explore some of our key artefacts and art works at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge! Our tour guide will take you around the galleries to explore the Collection and discuss some of our star objects.  Develop your investigative enquiry skills and discover the stories behind key artefacts and...

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Roman Museum Highlights Tour

One of our Tour Guides will show you around to explore some key objects at the Roman Museum, plus get a chance to investigate some Roman artefacts!  Develop your investigative enquiry skills and discover the stories behind key artefacts in the Collection as you explore the museum in an interactive...

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An artist's impression of the Iron Age hill fort settlement at Bigbury Hill, near Canterbury Image shows a range of prehistoric tools, including hand axes. 

Prehistoric People

Explore the galleries in search of food, make your own shelter and create cave art to experience what life was like for Prehistoric People!  SESSION DETAILS  On arrival, please introduce yourselves at our main Visitor Information Desk where our facilitator will greet you, show you where to put coats and...

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) is free to join for anyone with an interest in creativity and culture and health and wellbeing. Members receive a monthly newsletter with the latest news and have the opportunity to network with other members.  There is also information about funding, case studies,...

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Wellbeing At Home

While The Beaney has been closed to support the Government’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, we’ve been sharing digital activities to boost your mood and improve your health while you are social distancing. Research on The NHS England’s ‘6 Ways to Wellbeing’ shows that there are six steps...

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Sensing Culture

The Beaney was part of an HLF-funded RNIB project Sensing Culture to improve the museum and gallery experience for visually impaired visitors. In 2016, the Beaney ran textile and mixed-media artist-led workshops with blind and partially sighted people creating work inspired by the buildings and collections at the Cathedral and...

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