About the museum

The museum is located at Oaklands off Stade Street. Use the library entrance and turn right into the museum.

Aims & activities

Hythe Museum was set up by Davis Oaklands Charitable Gift. Dr Davis left a will dated 17th April 1931 whereby he conveyed his property for the provision and maintenance of buildings and grounds at Oaklands, Stade Street, Hythe for the purpose of local council offices, local history room, museum, art, culture, sport and recreation. 

An ambitious future

As the sole corporate trustee to Davis Oaklands Charitable Gift, Hythe Town Council is conscious of its responsibility to enhance and promote the museum. The council has draft plans to substantially modernise and increase the size and resources of the museum. These plans are currently going through a feasibility study, following which we will ask Hythe residents for their views.

Who to contact

Hythe museum’s curator is Kevin Bailey. Kevin is keen to make the museum more interactive and interesting for children, while not forgetting the core audience of adults. If you are a teacher or youth leader, we can normally arrange an enjoyable visit for children. We don’t worry about them chattering away – one of our success measures is how much of a contribution they make: if there are lots of questions, along with laughter, discovery and learning then we have achieved what we set out to do.

 

Tell us your view of Hythe museum

Hello children, everywhere

September 2018

A fascinating new display of toys and games is now ready for viewing. Kevin Bailey, curator of Hythe Museum explained the reason for the new display:

“The inspiration was to help people living with dementia to relate to memories of their childhood. We soon found a huge interest from adults in their 20s and 30s and from today’s generation of children.”

Some of the items in the display cause some concern, including an ammunition clip and a (safely disabled) unexploded bomb. These items date from the second world war, when children would sometimes collect unexploded ordnance and use them for play.

Other items are more familiar; dolls, toy vehicles and board games have been popular with children for generations. Kevin summed up the display:

“I hope we achieved our aim of helping people with dementia. The display also helps to  orient the museum to a younger audience, making it more relevant to families and children. We would be delighted to hear any views on how we can improve the museum even more.”

Wheels of Time

April 2018

Hythe museum is part of the Wheels of Time network of over thirty museums throughout Kent. Each participating venue has a unique badge, available to collect from 1st April 2018. 

Get your hands on all the badges, exclusively found at each participating museum or heritage site.

Collect ten badges to earn Roamin’ Rex’s Bronze Award or twenty to earn his Silver Award. If you collect all 25 Wheels of Time site badges before March 2019 you will be presented with a special 2018 Award.

 

Decorated Boats at Hythe Venetian Fete, Royal Military Canal

June 2018

The museum recently acquired some fascinating and rare footage showing the famous Hythe Venetian Fete from the late 1920s. The film is hosted on Hythe Town Council’s YouTube channel or you can see it by clicking below.

What to see

Around every corner, there’s a surprise. Wander through the museum and you’ll see everything from ancient weaponry, gorgeous art and even an original copy of the Hythe Town seal dating back to the days of Edward III in 1337.

Have you ever walked up Church Hill and admired the flowers? Have you watched people gasp at the beauty of the town as they look back down toward the sea? We have some charming paintings and images of Hythe that show precisely why so many of our visitors never want to go home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did people in offices use before phones and computers or even before comptometers and punchcards? A multiwheel pinwheel calculator of course!

 

 

What did the famous Hythe ranges look like in the old days of empire in the late 19th century? We have displays of swords, muskets, rifles and other weapons from the period (all safely disabled, you’ll be pleased to know), Martello towers and an indepth study of the influence of the Small Arms School Corps.

 

 

It’s all about Hythe

The common seal of Hythe from the time of Edward III around 1337

We’re overflowing with great exhibits – literally! We have far more local history artefacts than we have room for, and that’s a big reason why we’re aiming to expand. Come and see what we have to offer and tell us what you think by leaving a comment on this page. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

 

 


All images in this section courtesy of Errol Bennett