Welcome to Whitstable Museum & Gallery
Two world-first innovations originated in this supposedly sleepy fishing village – helmet diving and a steam-drawn passenger railway.
Oyster cultivation has also made Whitstable world famous, in its heyday providing London with millions of oysters each year.
Peter Cushing, the actor of Star Wars, horror films and Dr Who fame lived in Whitstable for 35 years. We could also talk about wooden shipbuilding, floods, the harbour and the world-wide trade in coal, ice, dates and bananas.
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Defending Our Shores Exhibition
Threats to Whitstable from Wars, Floods and Smugglers
1st July to December 2017
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.