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Exhibition, Sat 1 Jul - Fri 1 Dec 2017

Diving helmet at Whitstable Museum

Diving helmet at Whitstable Museum

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Whitstable Museum and Gallery


5 Oxford Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 1 Jul - Fri 1 Dec Defending Our Shores


Threats to Whitstable from wars, floods and smugglers.

Whitstable is situated on the coast of the Thames Estuary, which brings great advantages of fishing, trade and world-wide connections on which the people have created industry and commerce.

Being relatively near continental Europe, Kent had a tradition of smuggling: goods, spies, money and prisoners, all of which make fascinating stories revealed in our latest exhibition. Weapons and a Smugglers Hut are complemented by sketches, newspaper reports and a poem.

Much of Whitstable, Seasalter and Swalecliffe is below high-tide level and the fight against storm and flood has been traced for 800 years, more recently illustrated by 120 years of remarkable photographs, verbatim stories and newspaper reports.

Whitstable’s contribution to wartime defence is told in maps, quotations, photographs and artefacts. The origin and deployment of the innovative Thames Estuary sea forts is explained. Newly discovered maps drawn up by the home guard explain how the coast was protected from invasion in the Second World War, including detection by radar of enemy ships and low-flying aircraft.

Children, defence buffs and story lovers will all enjoy our new exhibition.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopAccepts groups

Groups are requested to make advance bookings to avoid congestion. Level access from the side courtyard. All on ground floor level.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 1 Jul - Fri 1 Dec 2017



See location of Whitstable Museum and Gallery on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 106663  Lat: 51.35682 Long: 1.02467

8 miles from Canterbury via A28 and A290.

Whitstable Museum & Gallery is in the town centre in Oxford Street, close to the library and the theatre. The Museum is within walking distance of carparks and the railway station.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Whitstable station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Groups are requested to make advance bookings to avoid congestion. Level access from the side courtyard. All on ground floor level.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls

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