Building a sustainable future for Betteshanger Colliery.

The Kent Mining Heritage Foundation (KMHF) is a registered charity (charity no. 1165403) working in partnership with Betteshanger Park, the Hadlow Group, Aylesham and Elvington & Eythorne Heritage Centres to collect, care and promote East Kent’s coal mining heritage.

The Foundation aims to:

  • Advance public education of Kent’s mining heritage and sustainable energy technologies
  • Provide facilities that promote health and social welfare, especially for those who suffer due to age, disability, financial hardship or social disadvantage
  • Empower communities to improve their lives through the provision of education, skill-sharing and leisure activities

Specifically for Betteshanger Park, the project aims are to:

  • Establish a Museum that records and displays the century-long history of coal mining in East Kent
  • Transform the former Colliery into a centre for sustainable energy
  • Improve the sport and leisure activities on the 250-acre site

Be part of it

Your help is vital in ensuring the success of the project.

From the outset The Betteshanger Project has been working towards a fundraising target of £1.8m. Through the work of the Kent Mining Heritage Foundation’s Development Group, chaired by Lady Northbourne, the project has received unprecedented support but currently, faces a funding gap.

When complete, the project will inject £6.2m every year into the local economy of one of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Kent Mining Heritage Foundation please contact:

Keith Lee, Fundraising Coordinator
Tel: 01304 613144 (option 4)

A Century of Coal

A Century of Coal: the story of the Kent Coalfield, is a new feature-length film produced by Peter Williams Television. The film offers a glimpse into life on the Kent Coalfied, its colourful characters and the impact felt by the local communities when the collieries closed.

The film premiered at The Astor Theatre, Deal, on Saturday 15th July.

The film will also be shown on Thursday 7th September at The Astor Theatere, Deal and Sunday 10th September at the Empire Cinema, Sandwich. Tickets are £10 and can be booked in advance. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Peter Williams.

Profits from the film screenings will benefit the Kent Mining Heritage Foundation (charity no. 1165403).

Book online


A big thank you goes to our supporters:

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