The Beaney Art Museum and Library

The Beaney Art Museum and Library
18 High Street


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01227 378100

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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.

Of Mice and Men: Drawings by Brian Francis

  • 28 March — 11 May 2014 *on now

Selected drawings from the recent bequest to Canterbury Museums by Brian Francis (1935 - 2013). Meticulously detailed and skilled, the drawings include studies from nature of plants, stones and insects and small animals, as well as imaginary compositions about 'Home'. Complex multi-part works on metaphysical themes incorporate the artist's poetry.


Lure: Kate MccGwire

  • 28 March — 27 April 2014 *on now

Alluring, uncanny and sensual coiled forms of shimmering plumage characterise the work of Kate MccGwire. 'Lure' is a dual reference to the ring of feathers used by falconers to call and command their birds, and to the siren-like call of MccGwire's art. It evokes the combination of our fascination for the iridescent, exotic specimens on display and the desire to look closer in spite of the disquieting atmosphere they create.

MccGwire's works have a brooding predatory physicality that at once attracts and repels the viewer. She uses the language of nature's forms to construct impossible creatures that challenge our preceptions of the authentic and the imaginary.


Crafty Kids - Espression

  • 15 — 16 April 2014 *on now

Crafty Kids is an exhibition produced by toddlers and children attending workshops at Espression Arts - interactive arts cafe in Canterbury.

Espression Arts have produced an exhibition of photographs taken from their regular sensory, messy and creative play workshops with toddlers and at their successful art workshops for primary school aged children. This will all be displayed along with work produced by the children.

They will also be creating an art studio in the gallery for everyone to come and get creative by using imagination to explore boxes! We will have an installation of big boxes which will inspire the building of tunnels, cars, shops and towns over the two day exhibition.

The project is suitable for people of all ages (adults, toddlers and babies welcome) and you won't need any previous artistic experience to take part!

Espression Arts is based at 29-30 Palace St, CT1 2DZ to contact 01227 765665 or find us on both Facebook and twitter @ Espression Arts.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Radio Arts Showcase

  • 19 — 27 April 2014

Radio Arts has been promoting radio art activity and practice across South East Kent via a series of free public Radio Art workshops in Herne Bay, Canterbury, Margate and Broadstairs.

The workshops offered the public a hands-on investigation of the many different ways in which radio can be approached artistically, whether recording hidden soundscapes, creating audio-maps, playing with the language of everyday radio via editing and collage through to building home-made mini-FM transmitters for micro performances.

This week-long show in the gallery will present material from these recent radio art interventions. It will also showcase a series of new Radio Arts Commissions exploring the theme of 'Dreamlands', which will be broadcast for the first time in the gallery pior to their broadcast by community and radio art stations worldwide. The showcase also features 'Radio Recall', a radio installation by Magz Hall drawing on local peoples' memories of radio and award-winning digital artists Genetic Moo will be visualising radio across the space.

Radio Arts was founded by lecturer, producer and sound and radio artist Magz Hall and artist, producer and musician Jim Backhouse to promote radio as a site for creative experimentation and intervention, with the additional aim to broaden participation in community radio projects.


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.

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops

  • 3 January — 20 June 2014 *on now

We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life's journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary and you can participate as much or as little as you like. Led by trained poetry therapist, Victoria Field and colleagues.

Email for more information. Takes place every Friday.



Beautiful Birds

  • 17 April 2014 10am-12:30pm

Discover birds in the galleries and create your own colourful bird to take home. For children age 3 to 6 and 7 to 11. Workshops start at: 10:00 to 11:00 for children age 3 to 6. 11:30 to 12:30 for children age 7 to 11.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Jumping Beaneys: Easter Egg Hunt

  • 18 April 2014 10:30-11:30am

Enjoy Easter songs and stories, take part in an Easter egg hunt around the galleries and decorate your own egg to take home. Suitable for children age 2 to 5 and their carers.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free.


Kipling & Trix

  • 24 April 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Rudyard Kipling had a sister. Who knew? Prize-winning author Mary Hamer will talk about the process of research and writing that went into her novel. She will introduce and read passages of about a page and a half in length, explaining what she hoped to show readers. She will then take questions from the audience.

Ever since Rudyard Kipling lit her imagination as a child, Mary has wanted to write about him. Later, she realised that the story of his sister, Trix, was just as compelling. It was visiting the places where they lived, from Mumbai to Cape Town, that brought them closer to her. In Naulakha, the house Kipling built in Vermont, Mary slept in his bedroom and soaked in his own bath. For the intimate story she had to tell, she decided it had to be fiction. Kilping & Trix is her fifth book and first novel.


Free admisison, advance booking required.


Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.