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News from the MUSEUM


Maidstone’s Museum is no longer in the dinosaur ages!


Maidstone Museum has unveiled its new website which is already improving not only the visitor experience, but the work of the wider team too. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of using this fresh and modern website you can expect great things including:  Simpler navigation  Clear and clean design  Lots of high quality pictures  Modern, clean design  A highly responsive site with the ability for users to access it using mobile devices including tablets


What can you do that you couldn’t before?


Paying for an event or children’s party? Now you can complete this online! Not only can visitors create an account and pay securely using Paypal, the team can also track the booking, monitor sales and attendees all from within the website!


Victoria Barlow, Museums Director, said: “We’re delighted with the new website. As well as looking great, it will allow our customers to do lots of things online like booking tickets for our events, showing an interest in what’s coming up or planning a birthday party.


“It should make things quicker and simpler for everyone. I particularly hope people will check out our regular blog on the page to find out what’s been going on behind the scenes and let us know what they think.“


COMING HOME: Conflict & Care in 1916


September 24, 2016 -January 7, 2017


The winter exhibition at Maidstone Museum provides a compelling and emotional look at the lives of those in Maidstone during the Great War. Inspired by the work of artist Frank Hyde – in particular the paintings ‘Trones Wood’ and ‘Wounded Soldiers Arriving at Maidstone East’ – the exhibition, sponsored by Southeastern, provides a compelling and emotional insight into the lives of those in Maidstone during the First World War.


Entrance to the exhibition is FREE HLF funding and mummy scanning


As part of Maidstone Museum Heritage Lottery Funding, the Ancient Civilisations gallery is set to experience a complete overhaul. With support from


Keep in touch


The museum has recently undergone a programme of improvement works. Keep in touch and find news and information at www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk, on twitter @MaidstoneMuseum or by emailing museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk


Museum Lates Last Thursday of every month


Museum open until 9pm Lates activities start from 6pm


Museum Lates showcase, art, film dance, history and more with a different theme each month for you to enjoy.


Our curators share a special insight into the theme’s collections and people are able to choose from a range of activities.


the Maidstone Museums’ Foundation, the Egyptology Department at the British Museum, the Petrie Museum at University College London, and the Egypt Exploration Society to research and uncover the stories behind the objects, the redisplay will be unveiled in Summer 2017 with a fantastic new space in which to discover the artefacts.


In addition to reworking the Ancient


Civilisations gallery, Maidstone Museum’s very own 2,700-year-old mummy, Ta-Kush, underwent a full body scan at the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery (KIMS).


The results of the scan will subsequently be interpreted by experts to enable us to learn more about the history of one of the museum’s most popular artefacts.


Fright Night:


Prepare yourself for Halloween! Hear from our curators on a tour of the weird and


sometimes disturbing objects in our collections


The tour — which is limited to just 25 people — begins at 18:30, but numbers are limited, so please sign up in advance for FREE or upon arrival.


This season: 27 Oct — Fright Night 1 Dec — Christmas Music


26 Jan — An Evening with Graham Clarke


23 Feb — Romance


Then, at 19:45, watch the Anaconda dance troupe in a chilling and creepy performance. Not for the faint-hearted. There is no need to register on the free tour in order to enjoy the performance of the dance troupe; simply walk-in on the day and enjoy the show!


Licensed café and bar.


Admission to museum is free; however, some Museum Lates activities may incur a charge.


More information on all upcoming exhibitions and events can be found at www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk Bookings can be made via 01622 602838 and online.


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