About Canterbury Heritage Museum
'A wonderful museum in a beautiful setting. Excellent for both children and adults'.
Located within the magnificent medieval Poor Priests Hospital, Canterbury Heritage Museum tells the story of the city from millions of years ago to the present. The building has splendid oak-beamed roofs inside, built in 1373 and some of the best preserved in existence.
Displays range from pre-Roman hand-axes to a Second World War bomb shelter and include Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts, the story of Thomas Becket’s murder and pilgrimage to Canterbury, Huguenot refugee silk-weavers, the original ‘Invicta’ Victorian steam engine, and Joseph Conrad’s study.
You will also find Rupert Bear, created by Canterbury artist Mary Tourtel, and the original Bagpuss, Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog from stories filmed locally by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin.