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Museums and Heritage Centres

Ashford Borough MuseumAshford has a number of museums, heritage centres and archives dedicated to preserving and promoting the borough’s rich history and heritage. Discover more about each site by clicking on the links below:

Ashford Borough Museum

Situated in the town centre Church Yard, it features many displays that cover the town’s history over the centuries; lost businesses, local archaeological finds, smuggling, both World War efforts, plus extensive rail memorabilia.

Agricultural Museum

Situated in the rural village of Brook in superb period buildings, the collection consists of a large range of items relating to the agricultural history of Kent.

The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum

The museum records the life and work of Holman Fred Stephens, light railway promoter, engineer and manager.

Pluckley Heritage Centre

This Heritage Lottery funded project aims to create a centre at the back of St Nicholas’ Church for visitors and villagers alike, which brings to life the history of the church and the people who have lived here through the centuries.

Smarden Heritage Centre

Located at The Charter Hall in the heart of one of Wealden Kent's loveliest villages, the centre forms part of Smarden Local History Society and consists of original and digital historical material relating to Smarden's history, its society and architecture.

Tenterden and District Museum

Exhibits show the history of Tenterden and the Cinque Ports, reflecting the rich history of the area.

Willesborough Windmill

One of the largest, and still active smock mills in the south of England. Discover how a windmill works and see for yourselves how wheat is ground to make flour.

Woodchurch Village Life Museum

Housed in an 18th century barn and 17th century shed, the museum is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Woordchurch’s History.

Woodchurch Windmill

Newly restored to working order, Woodchurch Windmill is an excellent example of a Kentish smock mill.

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