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.
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As the core of religious life in England, Canterbury played a significant part in the making of this historical document.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

The Spectcle Ollie10 by Helen Poulteney

The Spectacle

  • 22 August — 13 September 2015 *on now

SKAR (South Kent Artists Reunited) are MA and BA Fine Art UCA graduates who have drawn inspiration from the Beaney's long tradition as a Museum, Gallery and meeting place. On display will be creative interpretations which visually encompass the idea of taxonomy and collecting via the medium of paint, sculpture, photography and installation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Exhibitions.aspx

Canterbury Catch Club (c)

Canterbury Catch Club: its music and musicians

  • 12 September — 8 November 2015

Canterbury Catch Club met from 1779 to 1865, offering members a convivial evening of music, food, drink and tobacco, followed by the witty catches popular in England for centuries. The Club’s archive was donated to the Beaney in 1915, and this centenary exhibition uses new audio recordings, video, and visuals to bring a fascinating slice of Canterbury’s social and cultural history to life.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Exhibitions.aspx

Canterbury Oast Trust

Canterbury Oast Trust

  • 19 September — 4 October 2015

The theme of this eclectic exhibition is of a creative process developed through friendship, ideas and materials. The work is produced by artists who attend Art at the Farm, an exciting and inspiring life skills project operated by Canterbury Oast Trust, a leading local charity that supports adults with learning difficulties. The Trust is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Exhibitions.aspx

Urban and overall winner 'The Tourist' Greylag Goose, London. Lee Acaster

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

  • 26 September — 15 November 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards showcase the work of both amateur and professional photographers who have captured the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Now in its sixth year, categories of work include animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits and marine life among others, as well as junior and school awards.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

'Pay What You Can'
Instead of charging admission we are asking you to Pay What You Can. Your contribution will help us continue programming special exhibitions at the Beaney.

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/BritishWildlifePhotographyAwards.aspx

Kent Potters Association

Kent Potters Association

  • 10 — 25 October 2015

The Front Room hosts the Kent Potters Association annual selling exhibition. The show features a selection of beautiful ceramics including decorative sculpture for the garden and home as well as functional dishes and vessels. Come in and find the perfect gift or just enjoy the fabulous work on display!

Selling Exhibition

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Exhibitions.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

Create a Flying Exotic Bird

  • 1 May — 31 October 2015 *on now

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

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per person, Drop in
Collectors & Explorers Gallery

Website

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

Colonel Robert Hammond by Cornelius Johnson

Cornelius Johnson: Charles 1's Forgotten Painter

  • 3 September 2015 6-7pm

To coincide with her curated exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery (running until Sept 13): Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter, and with a particular focus on his Kentish sitters and work in The Beaney collection, Professor Karen Hearn will be offering a fascinating insight into a painter who “has been so long in the shadows of art history” but whose “time has come”

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adults: £4 Members £3, advance booking required

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Canterbury Catch Club

Canterbury Catch Club – in performance

  • 12 September 2015 12-12:45pm

The Canterbury Catch Club exhibition in the Beaney Drawing Room is further celebrated with a live performance by the successors to the Club musicians: the present-day Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir performing gems of the repertoire!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Workshops.aspx

The Beaney

Peter and the Wolf – live performance

  • 26 September 2015 11-11:30am

Join us to celebrate the opening of the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award exhibition with a free live performance of Prokofiev’s children’s symphony Peter and the Woolf with Grenville Hancox. (Lasts approx 30 minutes.)

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Workshops.aspx

The Beaney

Close to home - Photographing Kent's wildlife

  • 8 October 2015 6-7pm

Kent based professional nature photographer Robert Canis will be giving an enthralling and informative talk about photographing Kent's diverse wildlife. The event will feature amazing digital images, including night images of the marshes and coast of Kent, as well as keen insights and useful tips from Robert.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adults £4, Members £3. Advance booking required

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Bryan Faussett - Antiquary Extraordinary

Bryan Faussett - Antiquary Extraordinary

  • 15 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Local historian, genealogist and author Dr David Wright will be talking about the life and career of Bryan Faussett, C18th antiquary and archaeologist who made many important discoveries in Kent. At the time of his death in 1776 he had amassed the world's greatest collection of Anglo-Saxon jewellery and antiquities, including the Kingston Brooch. Copies of Dr Wright’s book will also be for sale.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Community Room, The Beaney
Free Admission, advance booking required via library staff
To book email canterburylibrary@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 413131

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Bomber Command

Bomber Command

  • 29 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Author Tony Redding’s new book on RAF Bomber Command includes accounts from aircrew operating during the final months of the European conflict. They survived flak hits; night fighter attacks; engine failures and collisions with clouds of incendiaries dropped from friendly aircraft above them. Some crews were shot down and became prisoners; some were murdered after safely bailing out over Germany.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Community Room, The Beaney
£2, Advance booking required from library staff
To book email canterburylibrary@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 413131

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Poetry and Art Workshop

Poetry & Art workshop and performance led by Chris Tutton

  • 31 October 2015 2-4pm

Chris opens by briefly discussing an art movement and its links with poetry and literature. Participants are then able to look through art books or gain inspiration from the Beaney galleries before writing a poem, which can be shared if so wished. Chris is an excellent performer and a hugely experienced workshop leader. A Canterbury Festival Umbrella event.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Community Room, The Beaney
£2, Advance booking required from library staff
To book email canterburylibrary@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 413131

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Workshops.aspx

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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