Easter Hours

The Beaney will be open over Easter weekend at the following times: Good Friday (19 April): Museum & Galleries – 10am to 5pm Visitor Info – 9am to 5pm Cafe – 10am to 4pm Library – closed Easter Saturday (20 April): Museum & Galleries – 10am to 5pm Visitor Info...

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Mindfulness Mondays at The Beaney

NEW FOR 2019:  Come and take part in a mindful journey through the museum.  Learn how to relax and take time to take in your surroundings and look slowly at pieces from  the museum’s collection. Enjoy this cross-curricular learning experience with elements of Literacy, Numeracy, Art, History, Geography, PSHE: Health...

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Share your Dreams

Share your Dreams Competition  To celebrate the opening of Canterbury’s latest exhibition, The BFG in Pictures, at the Beaney we’d like to invite you to share your dreams with us! Whether you dream in words or pictures enter our ‘whoopsy whiffling ‘competition to have the chance to win a professional...

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Dragon Pendant

  Found isolated and alone in the Kentish soil, and now residing in The Beaney is a creature so legendary it has been part of folklore since early antiquity. Made from gold and reduced to miniature, the creature’s small size does nothing to diminish its marvel. In Old English (or...

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Sculptures of the Magna Carta Barons

When the Palace of Westminster was being rebuilt after the fire of 1834, it was decided to include in the House of Lords a series of statues representing the barons associated with the Magna Carta....

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Rupert Bear

The tale of Rupert Bear begins with the story of the Caldwell Family. The Caldwell’s were a family of artists who worked at Canterbury Cathedral on the restoration of stained-glass windows. Their daughter, Mary, went on to attend Simon Langton Girls’ School, then studied at the Sidney Cooper School of...

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Bagpuss

Created by BAFTA award-winning Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate through their company Smallfilms, Bagpuss was filmed in Firmin’s barn in Blean, just outside Canterbury.

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Pilgrim Badges

The news of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s murder in 1170 spread with ferocity. Shortly after his death he was made a saint, and miracles began to be reported at his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrims from Britain and Europe flocked to the city in the hope a visit would cure their...

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Canterbury Cross

Dating from about 850 AD, The Canterbury Cross has acquired widespread fame as a symbol of the Church of Christianity throughout the Anglican world. Discovered in 1867 during excavations in St. Georges Street, Canterbury, it incorporates a number of sophisticated techniques into its Saxon design.

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