Built on the site of Kent’s last working coal mine, Kent Mining Museum will share and celebrate the story of energy in Kent – from coal mining through to sustainable energy.
The Museum will include exciting, interactive displays telling visitors how coal was discovered, how it was mined and about the day-to-day lives of the miners who worked at the collieries and the communities that surrounded them. The unique collection includes captivating photographic records, fascinating personal stories and memories, formal records and documents plus remarkable artefacts. The Museum will also provide a focus for the four Kent collieries and their communities; Betteshanger, Snowdown, Tilmanstone, Chislet, Aylesham, Elvington and Hersden.
Providing opportunities for formal and informal learning, skills sharing, volunteering and co-creating, the Museum will enable a wide range of people to participate in, and learn about, the largely untold story of Kent’s rich mining heritage.
Betteshanger Sustainable Parks has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.3m for development and operation of the Kent Mining Museum.
On announcement of the grant, Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “Kent’s mining heritage isn’t as well-known as other parts of the country but it was of national importance and changed the social and economic make-up of the region. East Kent is the only coalfield without its own regional museum and our committee felt that this project is a fitting way to celebrate and preserve this industrial past.”
Your Memory Board
"I lived in Hersden and worked at Chislet Colliery from 1954 till 1962 and served a five year mechanical apprenticeship. This was 3 years underground and the rest on the surface. My father Tom and my uncles and cousins also worked at Chislet. We were all members of the Colliery Band and I remember the friendly rivalry between us and the Betteshanger and Snowdown Bands.
I've traveled the world and lived in many of the United States but have never found anything like the camaraderie of the miners."