What is the Cultural & Learning Hub

Tunbridge Wells Cultural and Learning Hub

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) and Kent County Council (KCC) are working together to create a new Cultural & Learning Hub for Tunbridge Wells. This exciting redevelopment brings together in one conserved and modernised set of buildings the Museum, Art Gallery, Library, Adult Education, Visitor Information and Gateway services. Our aim is to create a space to engage with the heritage of Tunbridge Wells, learn new skills, socialise and be inspired. This project has received fist stage passes from both Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Why Tunbridge Wells?

Tunbridge Wells has a surprising story to tell. Set in the beautiful landscape of the High Weald, the town’s special character has inspired artists and innovators, naturalists and political radicals for over 400 years. The project sets out to challenge preconceptions about the town and the people who live here, and tell a much more interesting and unexpected story of change and transformation.

Tunbridge Wells is an ever popular place to live, work and visit. Our project focuses on the celebration of its heritage and the telling of our stories for generations to come.

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Tunbridge Wells Museum, Library and Art Gallery Building

The Museum, Library and Art Gallery are part of the 1930’s Civic Centre designed by Percy Thomas and Ernest Prestwich.

The Museum houses around 60,000 objects, covering local history, natural history, archaeology, fine and decorative arts and social history. There are collections of national significance, including Tunbridge Ware, costume, toys, early photography and Georgian portraiture.

The Borough Archives comprise of around 10,000 items. The library Local Studies collection comprise of around 7000 objects, including photographs, maps, plans and the Wigham Richardson Collection of early printed books and pamphlets.

Adult Education Building

The Adult Education Centre dates from 1902 and was designed by Henry Thomas Hare. Adjacent to the Museum & Library building, the project looks to combine the two buildings to create a unique space that offers both heritage and learning.

The Services Involved

Museum

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery seeks to enrich the lives of all the people of the borough by sharing its diverse collections. It boasts a vibrant program of exhibitions in the Art Gallery alongside events for all ages including; family arts & crafts, artist led workshops, exhibition tours, High Weald walks and lectures in history and art.

Library

Tunbridge Wells Library is a large facility offering a range of services and is open 7 days a week. It provides an adult and children’s library, audio books, DVDs, CDs, free computers, free WiFi, local studies collections and offers a range of activities and events for all ages to enjoy.

Adult Education

Located in Monson Road, Kent Adult Education deliver a range of courses from Arts and Crafts, to Photography, Health & Fitness and many more. Using the Art Nouveau styled building KAE deliver hundreds of courses each year to those who live in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area helping them find a new hobby, skill or discover a passion.

Tourist Information Centre

The Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information office can provide you with all the information you may need to enjoy your visit to the area. What’s on and things to do in the area, shopping spots, historic houses, local history, travel information and provide guided tours.

Gateway

A partnership between Kent County Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. All Tunbridge Wells Borough Council services can be accessed through the Gateway. Other services available at Gateway include the Citizens Advice Bureau, West Kent Sensory Services, Blue Badge assessments, Healthy Living initiatives, among many others.

The logos for the organisations involved in creating the Cultural and Learning hub