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Steam Dartford 2012 (12 May 2012)

Dartford Borough Museum and Dartford Historical and Antiquarian Society produced displays on Dartford’s Industrial Heritage to complement the steam rally held in Central Park.

Heritage Open Days (8-11 September 2011)

This was a Dartford Borough Council event to which Museum staff contributed a guided walk showing the remains of local flour and gunpowder mills entitled ‘Mills and Boom!’ and two heritage bus tours of the Borough.

Town Detective (25 July – 26 August 2011)

Throughout this period, on weekdays, children and parents received quiz sheets containing questions to which the answers were located around the town centre on Dartford’s Heritage Trail panels.

Steam Dartford 2011 (7 May 2011)

Dartford Borough Museum and Dartford Historical and Antiquarian Society produced displays on Dartford’s Industrial Heritage to complement the steam rally held in Central Park.

‘Local Hero’ (16 September 2010 – 19 March 2011)

An original watercolour painting by Geoff Nutkins, commissioned by Dartford Borough Council, was put on display in Dartford Borough Museum. It showed the Spitfire of Sgt Trevor Oldfield flying over Dartford in 1940 on the day on which he was shot down and died just outside Hesketh Park.

Explore Your Past (13-17 September 2010)

This was a series of events organised by Dartford Library. Chris Baker, Museum Manager of Dartford Borough Museum, contributed a guided walk ‘Are You Being Served?’ on the subject of old shops of Dartford and a slide show ‘Reach for the Sky’ documenting Dartford’s aviation history.

Heritage Open Days (9-12 September 2010)

This was a Dartford Borough Council event to which Museum staff contributed a guided walk of Central Park entitled ‘Park Life – Old and New’ and two heritage bus tours of the borough.

Kentish Delights (9 September 2010 – February 2011)

This is a touring exhibition, travelling around unusual venues in Kent, which aims to show the range of items in local museums around the county. In order to represent the local gunpowder industry, Dartford Borough Museum contributed an empty powder tin, dating from the early 20th century, from the EC Powder Works at Bean.

Town Detective at Dartford Borough Museum (26 July – 27 August 2010)

Throughout this period, on weekdays, children and parents received quiz sheets containing questions to which the answers were located around the town centre on Dartford’s Heritage Trail panels.

Mini Mammoth Hunt at Dartford Borough Museum (August 2010)

Dartford Borough Museum joined forces with Dartford Library for 10 sessions based on the Library’s ‘Dino Dig’ event. In the Museum, children had to hunt for small models of mammoths which had been hidden inside the display cases.

Dartford Festival (17-18 July 2010)

Dartford Borough Museum teamed up with Dartford District Archaeological Group and the Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society to produce heritage displays and an archaeological activity for children.

Steam Dartford 2010 (1 May 2010)

Dartford Borough Museum and Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society produced displays on Dartford’s industrial heritage to complement this steam rally held in Central Park.

Display of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards maquette (21 August 2009 – 27 February 2010)

A model of a proposed statue, by Anthony Hawken, to commemorate the 1961 meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at Dartford Station was put on display in Dartford Borough Museum.

Local History Week (15-18 September 2009)

This was a series of events organised by Dartford Library. Chris Baker, Museum Manager of Dartford Borough Museum, contributed a heritage walk covering the western half of Dartford and a slide show entitled ‘If War Should Come’ about local events in the years leading up to the Second World War.

Heritage Open Days (10-13 September 2009)

This was a Dartford Borough Council event to which Museum staff contributed the following: Heritage bus tour of the borough; Slide show and tour of Manor Gatehouse; ‘Through the tunnel’ walk, exploring Central Park and beyond; Guided walk of historic pubs in Dartford town centre.

Town Detective at Dartford Borough Museum (July-August 2009)

Over three separate days, children and parents formed long queues to receive quiz sheets containing questions to which the answers were located around the town centre on Dartford’s Heritage Trail panels.

Mini Mammoth Hunt at Dartford Borough Museum (July-August 2009)

Dartford Borough Museum joined forces with Dartford Library for 10 sessions based on the Library’s ‘Dino Dig’ event. In the Museum, children had to hunt for small models of mammoths which had been hidden inside the display cases.

Dartford Festival (18-19 July 2009)

Dartford Borough Museum teamed up with Dartford District Archaeological Group and the Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society to produce heritage displays and an archaeological activity for children.

Maxim Plaque unveiling (8 July 2009)

When a blue plaque was unveiled near the entrance to the Maypole Primary School to commemorate the ‘flight’ in 1894 of Hiram Maxim’s flying machine on that site, staff of Dartford Borough Museum set up a display to explain Maxim’s achievements.

Steam Dartford 2009 (2 May 2009)

Dartford Borough Museum and Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society produced displays on Dartford’s industrial heritage to complement this steam rally held in Central Park.

Steam in Dartford – Trevithick’s Industrial Dartford Celebration (3 May 2008)

Dartford Borough Museum and Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society produced displays on Dartford’s industrial heritage to complement this steam rally held in Central Park.

Sir Peter Blake visits Dartford Borough Museum (31 May 2006)

During a visit to Dartford Library to view the gallery named after him, famous artist Sir Peter Blake was invited to visit Dartford Borough Museum which he remembered from his childhood.

Mammoth Hunt at Dartford Borough Museum (July – August 2008)

Dartford Borough Museum joined forces with Dartford Library for 14 separate sessions based around the Library’s ‘Dino Dig’ event. In the Museum, children had to hunt for small models of mammoths which had been hidden inside the display cases. At the end of the event, two lucky winners were each given a prize of a dinosaur model kit.

Dartford Borough Museum Centenary Celebrated with Floral Bed in Central Park (Summer 2008)

In June 2008, a floral bed bearing a design based on the Anglo-Saxon Darenth Bowl, Dartford Borough Museum’s most important item, was laid out in Central Park to celebrate the Centenary of the Museum. The design was surrounded by the wording ‘Dartford Borough Museum 1908-2008’. This design and wording was also used on pin badges and stickers which have been given to young visitors throughout the summer and beyond as part of the centenary celebrations.

Wallace and Gromit Event at Dartford Borough Museum (16 May 2008)

Dartford Borough Museum took part in the Wallace and Gromit themed national ‘Museum at Night’ event, sponsored by Aardman Animation. The Dartford event was undertaken jointly with Dartford Library where the film ‘The Wrong Trousers’ was shown. In the Museum, young visitors were able to solve a Wallace and Gromit spot-the-difference puzzle, find Wallace and Gromit related words in a wordsearch and take part in a hunt for Wallace and Gromit characters which had been hidden inside the display cases. We were lucky enough to be loaned various Wallace and Gromit models by Airfix (now part of Hornby) for the evening, including two new Shaun the Sheep models which were not even available in the shops at that time.

Dartford Borough Museum Celebrates Centenary with Unveiling of Blue Plaque on Museum’s First Home (19 March 2008)

The founding of a museum in Dartford in 1908 was celebrated by the unveiling of a blue plaque on the Technical College (now Enterprise House) in Essex Road where the Museum was first organised for public viewing. The plaque was unveiled by Olive Barker, the granddaughter of Ernest Youens who was the instigator of the Museum and its first Curator from 1908 until his death in 1938.

Dartford Borough Museum Reopens Following Three Month Closure

Dartford Borough Museum reopened on schedule on Saturday 30 April 2005 after having been closed for three months to allow the Museum gallery to be rewired and redecorated. In order to allow the rewiring work to be undertaken, every wall-mounted display case had to be emptied of objects. Many other fixtures and fittings had to be moved to enable subsequent painting to be undertaken.

In addition to the rewiring and redecorating, another improvement was the fitting of transparent plastic film to the windows by specialists. This film contains an ultra-violet filter which removes the harmful rays which could damage delicate museum objects and fade the display materials which we use

MP Visits Dartford Borough Museum ( 20 May 2004 )

Dr Howard Stoate, the MP for Dartford, visited Dartford Borough Museum to publicise Museums and Galleries Month which ran throughout May. He was photographed with members of staff and items relating to the current exhibition ‘Transport in Time'.

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