Museums and Memorials
Kent's wartime stories re-told...
Discover the legacy of Kent's part in Britain's 'Finest Hour' with the many musuems and memorials in Kent dedicated to conflict and warfare.
Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham
The museum showcases 300 years of Royal Engineers history. Visitors can see how the residents of Medway lived during the Blitz with a reconstruction of a 1940s living room and a display showing how unexploded bombs were diffused. Many examples of the equipment developed by the Royal Engineers are on display and visitors can discover how the Sappers helped make sure that D-Day went according to plan, including models of Mulberry Harbour - the pontoon harbour that was partially built in Medway before being floated across the Channel to France.
Buffs Regimental Museum, Canterbury
The museum displays the treasures of one of England's oldest infantry regiments, The Buffs, which traces its origins back to Tudor times. Originally known as the Third Regiment of Foot, its association with Kent earned it the title Royal East Kent Regiment, and many local people saw service with it throughout the world. Displays cover four centuries and strongly feature WWII. The extensive collection includes VC's and other gallantry awards.
Roman Museum, Canterbury
The famous mosaic floors and the remains of the Roman townhouse were discovered as a results of the WWII blitz of Canterbury when archeologists excavated in the ruined buildings. The new museum preserves the Roman remains and has displays of the wartime bombing and of the excavation in progress - which were seen in 1946 by the King, Queen and Princess Elizabeth on their visit to Canterbury for a thanksgiving service.
Canterbury Heritage Museum
The award-winning museum features an audio-visual programme on WWII and Canterbury, providing a telling survey of the extensive damage caused to the medieval city by the Blitz. An illustrated book of memories of the time recorded by the Museum's Oral Historian is available for sale.
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
As well as displays on Reculver's Roman fort, the town's new museum has one of the 'bouncing bombs' designed by Barnes Wallis and tested off Reculver prior to their use in the WWII Dambusters' Raid on the Ruhr Valley dams.
RAF Manston History Museum, Manston
The Museum includes a number of the aircraft, in various stages of restoration, that are synonymous with Manston, the closest airfield to the coastline and at the centre of Battle of Britain action. Visitors can also see re-constructions of a 1940s sitting room and Battle of Britain Intelligence Room, as well as examining a vast photographic collection.
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Building, Manston
Located next door to the RAF Manston History Musuem, visitors will find a lasting reminder to the bravery of RAF fighter pilots and ground crew here. Situated at one of the very few surviving airfields from the Battle of Britain, the building displays a Spitfire and a Hurricane together with the superb Battle of Britain tapestry.
Brenzett Aeronautical Museum, Romney Marsh
This unique collection showcases wartime equipment, memorabillia and remains uncovered from aircraft crash sites across Kent. The highlight is a dambuster bomb recovered from Reculver.
Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge
This museum at Hawkinge Aerodrome houses a large collection of artefacts and memorabillia of England's 'Finest Hour', including full scale replicas of the Spitfire and Hurricane that changed the course of history.
Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel le Ferne
This memorial commemorates the pilots and air crew who died during the Battle. After a visit, you can find a quiet contemplation at Samphire Hoe, the wildlife reserve created from the chalk spoil from the construction of the Channel Tunnel.
Aircraft Museum, Shoreham
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum, just 5 miles from the famous RAF station at Biggin Hill, serves as a lasting tribute to all those airmen who fought in the skies over southern England during WWII. It houses hundreds of aviation relics excavated by the RAF Guinea Pig Club, East Grinstead - a charitable organisation for severely burnt Allied airmen - together with a fine collection of Home Front memorabilia.
Maidstone Museum, Maidstone
Home to the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum, this attraction displays an extensive collection of militaria including medals, uniforms, weapons, badges and buttons. There is an impressive WWII display including items taken from the Germans and clothing worn in battle.
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn
The museum, at Headcorn Aerodrome, contains an impressive collection of wartime exhibits and memorabilia from both Britain and Germany, including the notorious V1 flying bomb.