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Dear All,
We have been busy at the museum preparing our summer programme for you all to enjoy. This coming July will see a new exhibition opening at the museum to go with our summer walks. We have a comprehensive list of dates for your diary over the summer months so make sure you have them all down!
Our Map of the Month programme has been giving fresh glimpses into local life. Be sure to check back every month so you don’t miss anything!
 
Important dates for your diary:

‘Lost diary of a local farmer 1822 – 1823’
This is our new exhibition that will be opening to the general public on 8th July.
This is a special display during the Bicentenary year of the Battle of Waterloo exploring our local connection with the Napoleonic wars.
In 2012 a hand written document was brought to the museum for safe keeping. It was dated 1822 and was found in an attic. A representative of the family who came into its possession knew nothing about it except why it had survived.
With only the writer’s initial at the end of the document, the museum team of researchers set to work to find out as much as they could about the writer and where he lived.
Come and see what we have discovered and follow the research which reveals who wrote it, where he lived and some of his distinguished relatives.
Discover how his family links the Eden Valley with the Battle of Waterloo and the dramatic events that followed.
Step back 200 years and read the fascinating comments first hand from someone living through the agricultural and social consequences of the Napoleonic Wars.

Free Guided Walks
Our free guided walks will take you on a tour of historic Edenbridge lasting for about an hour. Each walk is led by one of our highly knowledgeable guides who will give you an insight into the history of Edenbridge and it’s people.
Meet in the courtyard behind the museum. There will be a chance to go into the museum afterwards.
Our upcoming walks:
Saturday 11th July at 2.30pm
Saturday 8th August at 6.30pm
Saturday 12th September 2.30pm
We hope that you can join us in discovering more of the Eden Valley this summer!
 
 
Eden Valley Museum June 2015

We would like to thank all of those that attended our fundraising event at the Quality Tandoori in Edenbridge this month. We raised over £1000 thanks to your kind support!
Our new Map of the Month in June will be looking at some old tree planting proposals drawn up for Edenbridge some years ago. Check back every month for updates on the newest map being brought out from store.
In summer we will be opening an exhibition on the areas Napoleonic Connection during the bicentenary of Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815. This will be centred on the Diary of a Local Farmer who was also a soldier during the war.
In addition there is our first FREE Guided Walk to look forward to on 13th June at 6.30pm. The walk will be roughly an hour long and will take you on a journey looking at the historic town of Edenbridge. Meet behind the museum in the courtyard.
Open Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4.30pm and Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm
 
 
 
What are the stories behind the names on your war memorial?
We need your help.
The Eden Valley museum wishes to mount an exhibition in 2018 based on research into the names on the First World War memorials from all over the district.
Would you like to take part in this project?
We are seeking volunteers to work together to discover more about the people behind the names.

Please contact the Eden Valley Museum at
01732 868102 or curator@evmt.org.uk
 
What’s on at the Eden Valley Museum

A new Fossils and Prehistoric Archaeology display dates from when dinosaurs roamed the area and before the North Downs were even formed. It features a hand axe made by Neanderthal man 240,000 years ago along with a range of artefacts from a local rock shelter which was in use from the end of the Ice Age, and evidence of Romans in the Valley.

 
The Great War & Postcards
Continuing our First World War commemorations here at the Eden Valley Museum our recently opened WW1 Silks and Postcards is proving to be a fantastic insight into the personal experiences of both the soldiers at the front and their families at home.
There are handmade silk postcards giving thanks, celebrating victory or just saying Happy Christmas. Soldiers sent back views of local French towns with long letters or quickly scribbled messages for their loved ones. We even have some sentimental song cards sent to the boys over there from families at home to keep their spirits up. Due to the wonderful response and offers of more postcards from local families we might just put on another display of postcards next year so look out!
Of course the main Great War exhibition ‘Til the boys come home is still here to give you a taste of what life was like for those left to do their bit back home. We always love hearing local stories so please do tell us if you have anything to share. Everyone is welcome and it’s free entry as always.
Check out website for opening times and more at www.evmt.org.uk
 
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Following the opening of our WW1 exhibition ‘Til the Boys Come Home we have been out and about at various events in the Eden Valley to give people a taste of what we have on offer. We’d like to thank all of those that have supported us from the Commonwork Open Day to the Crockham Hill fair and of course to all of the volunteers that make opening the museum and mounting our exhibitions possible.


The Silks and other World War One Post Cards display has been updated with previously unseen Song Cards, sentimental cards exchanged between servicemen and their wives or sweethearts during WW1, along with a collection of scenic post cards sent home from France by Wilfred Allen who lived in The Square in Edenbridge. Runs until June 2015.


The ‘Til the boys come home WW1 Exhibition, which explores the impact of the Great War on the lives of people in the Eden Valley, continues throughout 2015.

 

A new Map of the Month display has been introduced for 2015. Each month there will be a new map related to some piece of local history that you can come and explore. The first map is of Edenbridge, dating from somewhere between 1853 and 1878 and serves to show how much the town has grown since then. In March a ‘Map of Westerham and Eatonbridge Hundred’ will be on display. If you want to find out more about the maps and the time they come from then be sure to check back every month and follow us on Twitter@EdenMuseumKent.

 
 
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