Kent – Museums & Education

DOVER MUSEUM

 

Market Square, Dover, Kent, CT16-1PH

Telephone – 01304 201066

E-mail – museumquiries@dover.gov.uk

Opening Times-

Monday – Saturday 09.30 – 17.00hrs throughout the year.

Sunday (April – September) 10.00 – 15.00hrs / closed October – March.

Closed 25th-26th December and 1st January

Admission:-

Free

Shop:-

There is a small shop selling items, open whilst the museum is open.

Transport:-

There are regular bus and train to Dover, plus car-parking.

Anglo-Saxon/Englisc Exhibits

There is an Anglo-Saxon display amongst other displays in this very interesting museum.

The stand-alone item in the Anglo-Saxon display is the magnificent Saxon ring which is estimated to be from the mid-sixth century.

It was discovered in a Saxon rubbish layer near Dover`s Market Street in 1972 by the CIB Archaeological Rescue Corps, during the York Street dual carriageway.

The ring has a garnet stone set in a gold quatrefoil bezel and is decorated with wire gold and granulated gold. it is one of the best preserved and most impressive Saxon ring found in England. It probably belonged to a senior member of the court of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Kent.

Archaeological discoveries indicate that Dover must have been an important Saxon centre. There have been some spectacular local Anglo-Saxon finds including the Priory Hill Brooch, the Old Park Silver Gilt Horned Mount and the Buckland Anglo-Saxon Cemetery. Many of these are now on display in the Dover Museum, including a selection of the find from the 400 Saxon graves excavated at Buckland in 1951 and 1999.

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MAIDSTONE MUSEUM

 

Brenchley Gardens, St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14-1LH.

Telephone – 01622 602169.

E-mail – museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk

web-site – museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Opening times:-

Winter Season 2020/21     November 1 –  March 31

Tuesday – Saturday    100ohrs – 1700hrs

closed Sunday

Summer Season 2021      May 1- September 30

Fri – Sun     1000 – 1600hrs

Admission:-

Free.

Shop:-

There is a small shop which is open whilst the museum is open.

Transport:-

There are regular bus and train services to Maidstone, plus car-parking.

Archaeology:-

The museum has the largest collection of artifacts in Kent, including one of the finest collections of Anglo-Saxon artifacts in the country.

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