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Foyer

Royal Marines

Plans are underway to create a larger and permanent exhibition space in the stable block remembering the Royal Marines, Marine Wrens and civilians who served or worked at the Royal Marines Depot, Deal. Currently, stained glass windows from the former Garrison Church of St Michael and All Angels are displayed upstairs.  Downstairs is a revamped collection of Royal Marines uniforms and memorabilia, including personal property belonging to one of the eleven Royal Marines killed in the IRA bombing in 1989.

Upper Gallery

Local History

Given the museum’s background it is apt that part of this upstairs space, the Upper Gallery, is now given over to local industrial, trade and domestic history.  Bottles from local shops, pie dishes from local bakers, a giant shoe used as an advertisement by a local shoe shop are all on display along with cutlery and plates from the South Eastern Hotel and Queens Hotel.    

Also on view upstairs is a selection of the Museum’s collection of drawings including those by Henry Moses, sketches by J R Roget and engravings of JMW Turner’s illustrations of Deal.   The original late nineteenth century Deal Hooden Horse, who roamed the town at Christmas is here, so too the emergency equipment of local doctor, and Sea Surgeon Dr. James Hall.   They all reflect the wealth and diversity of this local history collection.

Kent Coalfield

A small exhibition is dedicated to the former Kent Coalfield.  Amongst the impressive collection of mining items and history are interactive audio-visual presentations telling the story of this local mining industry.   

Famous Faces

On the staircase leading to the first floor work is in progress on a wall of Famous Faces associated with Deal and Walmer.   Historical names include eighteenth century author, ‘blue-stocking’ and resident of Deal, Elizabeth Carter, actor Charles Hawtry, entertainer Norman Wisdom, Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet,  who started her dancing career in Walmer, authors J B Priestley, William Horwood and poet Robert Bridges.   Also commemorated are Deal’s World War One Victoria Cross holder, Arthur Walderne St Clair Tisdall and Edith Appleton who nursed in France during that Great War.