Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Civic Centre
Mount Pleasant
Tunbridge Wells






01892 554171


01892 554131

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Watercolour of the Pantiles in Georgian times
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Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery shares the special story of the borough of Tunbridge Wells. Enjoy our wonderful collections, visit our major exhibitions and take part in activities for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00, Sun 10.00-16.00

Closed Bank Holidays & Easter Sat

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
a cabinet of curioisty featruing items from the First World War

Letters Home - an art intervention by Caitlin Heffernan

  • 31 January 2014 — 7 January 2015 *on now

Letters Home takes the photographic memorial archive of fallen First World War soldiers held in the Horsmonden Social Club as a basis of research to develop a body of work in response to the local experience of the First World War.

Heffernan contacted local families and historians in her search for information about the home life of the soldiers on the memorial and whether any letters had been sent home by them while they were at war.

Using quotes from letters and other archive material, she has etched these words onto beer and wine glasses, which are currently being served to customers in the Gun and Spitroast Pub and the Horsmonden Social Club.

In addition, Heffernan has created a series of beer mats and small framed mixed media interventions using her drawing and archive materials, on display in both venues, further contextualising the uncovered stories by relating in more detail to the stories of the family members left behind by the soldiers.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The Gun and Spit Roast Pub and Horsmonden Social Club
The Heath, Horsmonden
TN12 8HT





alt="Back to Blighty The Medical Front in Tunbridge Wells with an image from a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital ward."

Back to Blighty The Medical Front in Tunbridge Wells

  • 25 July 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

The “Back to Blighty” exhibition opened at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on the 25th July with a very kind speech from Baroness Emerton (former Chief Nursing Officer of South East Thames Regional Health Authority, and Chancellor and Chief Commander of St John Ambulance), and has already seen great numbers of visitors fascinated by the local angle on a national story.

From late September 1914 wounded British Army and Belgian soldiers began to arrive from the continent. The General Hospital in Tunbridge Wells received the more seriously injured soldiers, with the auxiliary Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) hospitals across the borough mainly treating convalescents.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Friday Fun


A drop-in art, craft and storytelling session for children aged 2-5 years with an accompanying adult. The session begins and ends with a story centred on a Tunbridge Wells Museum object. After the activities, spend as long as you like exploring the museum and making something to take away.

How to obtain

There’s no need to book for this free event. Contact the museum on 01892 554171 for further details.