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Whitstable Community Museum & Gallery

Founded: 1985    Governance: Independent Trust        Scope: Local History    Visited: Autumn 2021

No sooner were we in through the door of Whitstable Museum, off a side street in the former Foresters' Hall, than we were accosted by a man dressed as George Stephenson. I usually avoid costumed interpreters like the plague even if they are not pretending to be plague victims, but there is a reason why George Washington has washed up in Whitstable: the Museum has his second-ever locomotive, Invicta, as the centrepiece of the first room. Proudly independent and volunteer-run, Whitstable Museum is in fact a fine example of its kind, the displays arranged with quite a bit of flair. Peter Cushing used to live nearby, so there's a case about him, not far from a range of Roman Samian Ware pans found in the sands, lots of items relating to oystercatching and diving, and what appears to be a large green papier-maché fish (I didn't inspect it too closely). The best bit is the stories: the one that stuck with me particularly was the memory of a chap stationed in one of the Thames Estuary forts during World War Two, to the effect that pilots used to amuse themselves by attempting to fly between the forts' legs, meaning the fellows actually aboard the forts would hear a plane approaching and never be quite sure whether it was the RAF or the Luftwaffe. This is a great small museum, loved by the people who look after it, and looked after with some care and imagination.

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