This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Crampton, a famous son of Broadstairs, the 19th century engineer. Crampton was responsible for the striking crenelated flint water tower visible from the High Street and station platforms and also the Louisa footbridge which straddles Viking Bay and Louisa Bay and was named after his daughter. Beyond the town he was widely celebrated as a a designer of locomotives and railways.
But he did much more than is visible in the town and the museum is an eye opening and fascinating window into his world and the history of our town and modern society. He worked on gas, water works and submarine telegraph cable and was the first to succeed in laying an effective telegraph cable under the English Channel. He was truly a forefather of many of our modern day technologies
The museum offers a wide range of exhibitions and is well worth a visit to see:
- Seven working model railways in gauges N,OO,O and Gauge One
- Five inch gauge miniature railway which children can ride on, weather permitting.
- The original 1860 Broadstairs stage coach
- Thomas Crampton’s working drawings, models and graphics
- Patents, awards and artifacts connected to Thomas Crampton’s life and works
- Records of the history and development of the railways, electric tramways, road transport and other aspects of local industry
- The Broadstairs Gallery, which shows the development of the town of Broadstairs, through vintage postcards and photographs.
And much more, the museum is always an informative and entertaining visit for everyone – from families with children to historians and researchers. do visit the museum website to find out more ahead of your holiday.
Historic Town Tours hosted by the museum take place every Saturday at 2pm throughout the year.
The Museum is open from the third saturday in March until the last day of October. Opening can be arranged out of season and outside of normal hours for groups by prior arrangement. There is a small admission charge.
A number of events are planned at the museum this year – see if any of the below match with days you will be in Broadstairs, or perhaps you will want to plan a visit to the town especially to join in the fun!
- 3rd April 2016 Classic Cars and Motor Cycles
- 8th May 2016 Model Show
- 19th June 2016 Gauges for All Ages (Model Railway Show)
- 6th August 2016 The 200th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Russell Crampton is being celebrated on 6th August 2016, and it is hoped to hold a concert featuring the Medway Brass Band at Queens Road Baptist Church in Broadstairs from 7pm. Ticket price to be advised.
- 21st August 2016 100 years of the East Kent Road Car Company. Employee’s reunion and Omnibus Memorabilia Show.
- 25th September 2016 Mods & Rockers (friendly gathering!)
- 30th October 2016 Children’s Toy Exchange – Bring & Buy
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