History Talk: The Archbishop’s Palace

Otford Palace artist's impression

Saturday 4 June 11am – 12pm Free talk about Otford’s ancient site of national importance, by Nick Rushby from the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust. Booking is required. Email or telephone to book a place.

New acquisition

‘Donald Double’ This teddy bear was recently gifted to the museum. It is the only teddy bear in the Sevenoaks collection. Donald Double, so the handwritten label in his flat cap calls him, was given to his owner Margaret Terry Double as a young child. She was born in 1925, when her parents lived in […]

900 Years of Sevenoaks

22 June – 16 July The Sevenoaks Society community exhibition will tell the story of our town on its 900th anniversary. On display will be a copy of the ‘Textus Roffensis’, a medieval manuscript containing the earliest reference to Sevenoaks town. The display takes place in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, next to the Museum. The following […]

The Archbishop’s Palace

Otford Palace artist's impression

11 March – 31 August 2022 An exhibition of Medieval and Tudor objects from the ruins of Otford palace, in partnership with the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust. On Saturday 4 June there will be a free talk about the history of the palace and the APCT’s upcoming new visitor centre. Booking is essential.

WW2 Women

Kent Land Army woman

2 February – 31 October 2022 Discover the role of Sevenoaks women during World War Two. The exhibition includes newly digitised archive material and brings to light objects from our collection store.

New acquisition

19th century letter The museum was recently gifted a small collection from the Sevenoaks Society. One of the items was this handwritten letter, dated 1832, from a Henri Martin in Stepney East London to a Mr Bowrer, ‘Overseer’, in Sevenoaks. The ‘T.P’ stamped above the word ‘Stepney’ stands for Twopenny Post, the charge for postage. […]

Holidays at Home

Due to the global pandemic, tens of thousands of UK customers had their overseas travel plans cancelled in 2020. As the national lockdown is lifted, people are expected to make more holiday plans within the UK, or take a ‘staycation’. Leisure travel of any kind was once an exclusive activity, and day trips were more […]

Museum Make: WW2 gas mask

Follow the instructions on this video to make a gas mask using household items. Watch until the end to find out more about this object.

Rebuilding Britain: Post war Prefabs

Coronation party outside temporary prefabs on Dynes Road, Kemsing, 1953. Courtesy of Ed Thompson, Otford Historical Society.

The end of the Second World War in 1945 was by no means the end of the struggle, as the focus shifted to rebuilding Britain. Many homes had been destroyed in bombing raids, and government action was required to deal with this desperate housing shortage. Whilst long term plans were being made, a solution came […]