Museum opening hours are Wednesday-Sunday 09.30-16.00
We also open Bank Holidays
The Kent Mining Heritage Foundation (KMHF) is working in partnership with Betteshanger Park and the Kent coalfield mining heritage centres to collect, care and promote the fascinating and unique story of Kent’s mining heritage.
The museum is free entry but donations are gratefully received.
If you are interested in booking a group visit please contact the museum team via email, phone or by popping in.
AIMs oF THE FOUNDATION
The KMHF was established in 2016, is a charitable incorporated organisation (Charity No. 1165403), and has three objectives:
To record and preserve Kent’s mining heritage, and to further public understanding of old and new forms of energy
To provide facilities that foster health and social welfare, especially for those who suffer due to age, disability, social disadvantage; and
To enhance the quality of life in this disadvantaged community through the provision of education, skill-sharing, and leisure activities
The aims of the project are:
- To collate and conserve the stories and collections of the Kent mining communities, in an exciting and engaging new museum
- To enable a wide range of people to participate in, and learn about, Kent’s mining heritage
- To conserve the heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy
- To celebrate the coalmining industry in Kent and its wide economic and social impact
- To bring together the Kent mining communities, their stories and collections – specifically Aylesham, Tilmanstone, Chislet, Dover Museum and East Kent Railway
- To achieve Museum Accreditation within two years of operation
WHO ARE THE TRUSTEES?
The KMHF Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction for the charity. Our trustees work for the KMHF voluntarily and meet regularly to discuss the development of the project to ensure that the KMHF achieves its charitable objectives.