Our Vision


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.

Our Priorities
  • 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

  • Excellence.
  • 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.
Exterior of the Beaney Art Museum and Library in Canterbury high street

About the Beaney

Click here to find out more about the Beaney art museum and library.




Dutch stained Glass Window inside the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Explore the Beaney

Discover the rooms and galleries within the newly refurbished Beaney Art Museum and Library.



displays inside the Beaney Institute c1900


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.

restored griffin at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Restoration Project

The revitalised Beaney re-opens to the public in September 2012. Find out more about the careful restoration project and view images of the work undertaken.

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Current Special Exhibition

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 - Friday 8 August to Sunday 2 November


Upcoming Special Event

Kent Dance Network in residence at the Beaney - Throughout December 2014


Events & Exhibitions

Armchair Artist Residency - May to December 2014

Diane Smalley - Saturday 30 August to Sunday 28 September

Alternative Stories - Saturday 6 September to Sunday 4 January

In Remembrance - Saturday 6 September to Sunday 4 January

Beaney Best Bits Highlights Tour - Thursday 11 September, 3pm to 4pm

A Poetry Party: Victoria Field - Monday 15 September, 1.30pm to 3pm

Writing with Constraints: Neil Baker - Wednesday 17 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

The Living Library: A workshop with Peggy Riley - Thursday 18 September, 2pm to 5pm

The Living Library: A performance - Thursday 18 September, 7pm


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