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.
Why not drop in?
There’s so much to explore
Our Latest Exhibition
The exhibition is titled Early Trades of Whitstable. The exhibition looks at the many trades that were carried out in Whitstable prior to 1900 and the changing face of the town over the last century.
It also celebrates the trades that have disappeared over the years but form part of our rich heritage.
Farming, salt and copperas manufacture, milling, rope making, brewing and the gas, water and sewerage utilities are covered, with a dozen other trades. Not forgetting the snobs and cordwainers.
Exhibitions like this are a great way to learn more about our heritage. Do you know what ‘snobs’ were? Apparently they were cobblers or shoe repairers. They got their name because they considered themselves ‘above the rest’.
This exhibition has been curated, designed and financed entirely by Whitstable Community Museum volunteers. Each of these annual exhibitions takes almost a year to research and design and collate and you’re bound to discover something you didn’t know about Whitstable’s heritage.