#i Pledge Seaside Museum
The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay
This seaside treasure is looking forward to welcoming visitors back in to discover all about Herne Bay’s seaside history. The unique bijoux museum is also welcoming volunteers – so if you’ve been pondering a new hobby during lockdown then read on – maybe this is your perfect #iPledge.
Tell us a little bit about the museum
Located on William Street, The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay is full of surprises from Dambusters to floods, piers to Punch and Judy. Our permanent displays include Roman pottery, local paintings, prints and photos, prehistoric elephant tusks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb prototypes from World War Two plus much more. We hold a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, children’s and adult workshops, school visits, seashore guided walks and evening talks. We also have a gift shop stocking local history books, work by local makers and a good range of seaside gifts, some specific to Herne Bay. The Seaside Museum is managed and run entirely be volunteers with the help of a part-time administrator.
Why did you choose Herne Bay for the museum
In 2014 Canterbury City Council was going to close the museum. To make sure the town didn’t lose its museum Herne Bay Museum Trust was formed and a successful tender was put in to run the museum.
What has kept you busy over lockdown?
While the museum has been closed we have been able to work on changing some of the permanent displays so those familiar with the museum will notice some of the cases are different when they return. We have painted the interior of the museum throughout and have revealed two sash windows at the front of the building to let the light and fresh air in.
What are you looking forward to most after lockdown?
Welcoming our wonderful visitors back.
How will you keep your customers safe on their return?
All our visitors will be required to wear a mask and sanitise their hands before entry. We will limit numbers in the shop and museum and make sure social distancing is maintained. Our front and back doors and windows upstairs will all be open to ensure good ventilation throughout the building. All our volunteers will wear masks and will help ensure visitors feel safe at all times.
How can customers support you right now?
They can start planning when they’re going to visit, use our shop when we are able to reopen and make a donation to help keep the museum going.
How about volunteering?
We will need help with Front of House when we are able to reopen.
Also, don’t forget to enter our photography exhibition, My Favourite Place in Herne Bay, deadline 26 April.