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 […]

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 […]