Ambitious plans for Dover Museum get go ahead

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2018 - 08:46 AM


An ambitious and exciting plan to enhance Dover Museum and the Bronze Age Boat Gallery located in Dover’s Market Square has been given the go ahead by Dover District Council’s Cabinet.

The proposals aim to harness the full visitor potential of the museum, seize on the increasing tourism opportunity resulting from Dover’s emergence as the UK’s second busiest cruise terminal, and to ensure that the museum forms a key part of the regeneration of Dover Town Centre.

Two years

The programme is due to start by the end of this year with a full audit of the Museum collection, the majority of which is in storage spread across a number of sites in the District, and not normally accessible to the public.

Dover museum  Photo: Dover District Council

This will take around two years to complete and will be led by the appointment of a new Museum Collections Manager, supported by two apprentices/research assistants.

Successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid

The collection will be entirely reviewed, and catalogued, and a new collections policy will ensure that the collection’s focus remains relevant to the District’s heritage and future development, and enabling the stores to be rationalised. This will reduce the storage space required, and enable the Museum to vacate storage space in the Maison Dieu, in preparation for that building’s restoration following the District Council’s successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Dover Museum is one of the oldest museums in Kent. It was founded over 150 years ago, and moved from the basement area of the Maison Dieu to the current location in Market Square in 1991.

Bronze Age Boat 

It contains the award winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery housing the oldest boat in Europe, a wonderfully diverse collection highlighting the fascinating history of Dover and the wider District, and last year was visited by 26,417 people. Entrance is free, with special arrangements for student/school groups with education forming a key part of the Museum’s offer.

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