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Cranbrook Museum

Cranbrook Museum

by Chris Shoebridge

Museums in Tunbridge Wells

Find out how this beautiful region came to be so important to the history of England and Kent. Decimus Barton, Dudley Lord North, Queen Victoria, Sid Vicious and the hop-pickers from East London are all a part of the make up of this pretty part of the Weald.

The Story of Tunbridge Wells

The collections at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on Mount Pleasant Road reveal the history of Tunbridge Wells, including one of the most impressive collections of Tunbridge ware in the world – locally crafted marquetry first made in the 1700s.

Displays include art, natural history artefacts, archaeology, craft and toys amongst others.  From decadence to humility, discover the story behind a beautiful spa town in the south east of England.

The Salomons Estate near the town centre has a wealth of history about the local well-to-do, visit the Museum in the regal gardens of the mansion house and feel a part of the 1850s.

Stories from the Weald

The Cranbrook Museum houses a local history collection within a 15th century timber-framed farmhouse bringing to life Victorian Cranbrook, including the trade and industry on which the town was built.  There are tranquil gardens and a pond to be enjoyed and family history archives for researchers. Watch their video to get a sneak preview.

Unfortunately the famed Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst had to close at the end December 2015 as the owners retired. However, there is still much to be enjoyed in delightful red-tiled hill village of Goudhurst. Find the pirate’s grave in the hill-top churchyard and climb up the church tower. History oozes out of the buildings, all higgledy-piggledy and crooked!

Further inspiration

Don’t forget to check the What’s On pages and search facility to find out the latest exhibitions and displays at the museums in Tunbridge Wells.  To further whet your appetite, there is more to discover on our History pages too.

Our accommodation guide can help you plan your stay for longer so you can fit it all in!

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  1. Add Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Eduardo Paolozzi's "General Dynamic F.U.N" screenprint exhibition comes to Tunbridge Wells in October as part of a Hayward Touring exhibition during it's national tour.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2017 To 27 Jan 2018
  2. Red Circle Art at Trinity Theatre

    Add Red Circle Art at Trinity Theatre to your Itinerary

    Red Circle Art at Trinity Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    An exhibition of contemporary art works by 11 artists at The Trinity Theatre from 6th November to 18th November.
    On Wednesday 8th November, you are invited to view the art and meet the artists from 6-8pm

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    Exhibition

    Dates

  3. Add Cranbrook Art Show at the Vestry Hall to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Art Show at the Vestry Hall

    Cranbrook

    Over the last twenty four years the Cranbrook Art Show has developed into one of the most popular art events in the south-east.

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    Exhibition

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  4. Add Meet the Author - Matthew Frank at Southborough Library to your Itinerary

    Meet the Author - Matthew Frank at Southborough Library

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Meet the Author - Matthew Frank on Saturday 4th November from 4pm - 5.30pm at Southborough Library.

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    Lecture

    Dates

  5. Add Seasons of Change - The story of Fegans to your Itinerary

    Seasons of Change - The story of Fegans

    Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The story of Fegans, the childrens charity.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2018 To 2 Jun 2018
  6. Add Printmaking & Lithography Workshop to your Itinerary

    Printmaking & Lithography Workshop

    Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Come and learn the basics of printmaking and the art of lithography. The workshop is free to young people ages 11-18 - we privide all the equipment and materials, all you have to do is come down and have a go.

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    Workshop

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  7. Add Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

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    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Salomons Estate – Kent’s undiscovered gem

    Constructed by Decimus Burton for Sir David Salomon, it was the first house in Britain to use domestic electricity.

  8. Add Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Take a closer look....

  9. Add Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society Winter Exhibition to your Itinerary

    Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society Winter Exhibition

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Winter Exhibition and Sale of Paintings with the theme "Beginnings".

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    11 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
  10. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  11. Open Day at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing

    Add Open Day at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing to your Itinerary

    Open Day at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing

    Groombridge

    Come and sample the wonderful hospitality and learn more about what Burrwood Health and Wellbeing do.

    Type

    Workshop

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