The revitalised, extended and restored Beaney Art Museum and Library encompasses library and information, art and heritage and collections and visitor services.
The ethos of the Beaney is to enable individuals to explore, learn, participate and create using the permanent collections, special exhibitions, community engagement programme, educational activities and library for inspiration, learning and enjoyment.
- To promote cultural excellence by providing a superb facility and innovative programmes and services.
- To be at the heart of the community by encouraging active community participation.
- To support economic and social regeneration in Canterbury across East Kent by attracting visitors and helping local people to develop key skills.
Museum and Galleries' Priorities
- Nurturing skills, knowledge and creativity.
- Active engagement and collaboration.
Library and Archives Priorities
- Promoting reading and literacy.
- Providing access to information and promoting digital inclusion.
- Bringing people together.
On 16 September 1897 the Mayor of Canterbury laid the Beaney Institute's foundation stone. Canterbury had been left a bequest by former resident, Dr Beaney.