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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.

The new owers at Finchcocks in Goudhurst have just announced plans to continue the musical legacy, with parts of the house being used to host piano courses for adults of all abilities. There is 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 'Vulnerability' Exhibition at Trinity Theatre Gallery to your Itinerary

    'Vulnerability' Exhibition at Trinity Theatre Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A solo exhibition of over 50 expressive, figurative paintings and drawings by local artist Jenny Neill, with the theme of 'Vulnerability'.
    Jenny's highly unusual work is emotional and thought-provoking and has sold both at home and abroad.

    Launch evening: 18.00 - 20.30 Tuesday May 8th.

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    From:
    8 May 2018 To 18 May 2018
  2. 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....

  3. Add Seasons of Change - The story of Fegans at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Seasons of Change - The story of Fegans at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery

    Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The story of Fegans, the childrens charity.

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    Exhibition

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    From:
    9 Feb 2018 To 2 Jun 2018
  4. 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.

  5. Add The September Art Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The September Art Exhibition

    Wadhurst

    Established in 1996, come and see the September Art Exhibition, which is celebrating it's 21st birthday in Wadhurst this year!

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  6. 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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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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  9. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  10. Benenden Art Show at Benenden Village Hall

    Add Benenden Art Show at Benenden Village Hall to your Itinerary

    Benenden Art Show at Benenden Village Hall

    Benenden

    Benenden Art Show held at Benenden Village Hall.

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  11. Remarkable Characters of Tunbridge Wells Exhibition at Woods Restaurant

    Add Remarkable Characters of Tunbridge Wells Exhibition at Woods Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Remarkable Characters of Tunbridge Wells Exhibition at Woods Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Woods Restaurant are hosting a new exhibition, from 16th March to 9th September 2018, called "Remarkable Characters of Tunbridge Wells". It is an exhibition of 40 individual portraits and stories of the remarkable characters currently living in Tunbridge Wells.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    16 Mar 2018 To 9 Sep 2018
  12. Add Annual King Charles Lecture at King Charles The Martyr Church to your Itinerary

    Annual King Charles Lecture at King Charles The Martyr Church

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    This year's Annual King Charles Lecture, "King Charles and Sir Antony van Dyck" will be given by Catharine MacLeod, senior curator of 17th Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. The talk will be followed by tea in the Church Hall.

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    Lecture

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