The Beaney Art Museum and Library

Exterior of the Beaney Art Museum and Library including facade

The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Museum, Tourist information and Café opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Library opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm

Admission charges

Free entry to the building. Charges may apply for some special events and exhibitions. See our website for full details.

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

Collection details

Archives, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Cucumber Night Cream

Home and Away: Eduardo Paolozzi's General Dynamic F.U.N & photographs of S.E England by Tony Ray-Jones

  • 9 May — 23 August 2015 *on now

The exhibition brings together two bodies of work by British artists from the second half of the 1960s which look very different but may have more in common than first appears. General Dynamic F.U.N. is one of Eduardo Paolozzi’s great print series, bringing together clashing images culled from magazines to create bold, provocative collages. The initial celebration of a new fantasy world of advertising and technology gives way to darker undertones of excess, and the sinister impact of the United States, currently embroiled in a war in Vietnam to which Paolozzi and many others were deeply opposed. During the same years, Tony Ray-Jones was drawing on the example of the new American photography that he had absorbed during a protracted stay (returning home in 1965), to celebrate and capture the people, rituals and places (notably coastal resorts in the Southeast, such as Broadstairs and Margate) that provided an authentic, quirky alternative to an increasingly uniform, Americanised world. Beneath the contrast between colourful collages and black and white photographs, we may discern a shared anxiety about the transatlantic relationship and a common feel for surreal juxtaposition.

Suitable for

  • 18+
Canterbury in the age of the Magna Carta

Canterbury in the age of the Magna Carta

  • 5 June — 6 September 2015 *on now

To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition “Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta”, which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015. The exhibition will focus on Canterbury residents stories and lives during the age of Magna Carta and will include the Canterbury Cathedral copy of an original Magna Carta transcribed into the Priory register.

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Canterbury-in-the-Age-of-the-Magna-Carta.aspx

Magna Carta

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta

  • 6 June — 6 September 2015 *on now

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of one of the world’s greatest agreements, the Magna Carta.

On the 15th June 1215, on the banks of the River Thames, the Magna Carta was sealed under oath by King John.

It was the first document imposed upon a King of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and to protect their rights. The charter is widely regarded as an important part of the protracted historical process which led to the rule of constitutional law in England and beyond.

As the core of religious life in England, Canterbury played a significant part in the making of this historical document. Eight years prior to its signing Stephen Langton ascended to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury and soon became an implacable opponent of King John. Langton joined with rebellious barons and other bishops to limit royal powers, bringing Church-state tensions to a head. This led directly to the showdown that produced the Magna Carta.

Langton’s input to the charter is emphasised by the final clause, which protects the freedom, rights and liberties of the English Church.

To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition “Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta”, which will run from 6 June to 6 September 2015. The exhibition will focus on Canterbury residents stories and lives during the age of Magna Carta and will include the Canterbury Cathedral copy of an original Magna Carta transcribed into the Priory register.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Canterbury-in-the-Age-of-the-Magna-Carta.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Create a Flying Exotic Bird

  • 1 May — 30 September 2015 *on now

Create your own flying bird inspired by exotic Indian birds on display in the Stephen Lushington case.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Family-events.aspx

Magna Carta Rediscovered

Magna Carta Rediscovered

  • 2 — 19 July 2015 *on now

On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta Kent unveils one of its hidden treasures! Visitors to this interactive exhibition will have the thrill of seeing an original reissue of the document from 1300 on display in the Beaney. Magna Carta was originally a peace agreement, negotiated between King John and the Barons of his kingdom, but has come to represent far more than first intended. Funded by the Heritage Lottery, Magna Carta 800 and Faversham Town Council.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

The Beaney Art Museum and Library
18 High Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2RA
England

Website

Visit the Beaney Art Museum and Library website

www.thebeaney.co.uk

E-mail

Contact The Beaney Art Museum and Library

beaney@canterbury.gov.uk

Telephone

Contact The Beaney Art Museum and Library

01227 862162

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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