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!
for your diary:
‘Lost diary of a local farmer 1822
This is our new
exhibition that will be opening to the general public on 8th
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
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
Our upcoming walks:
Saturday 11th July at 2.30pm
Saturday 8th August at 6.30pm
Saturday 12th September 2.30pm
hope that you can join us in discovering more of the Eden Valley
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!
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
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.
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.
and Friday from 2 to 4.30pm and Thursday and Saturday from 10am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Check out website for opening times and more
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.
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.