What is the Cultural & Learning Hub
The Project Team are delighted to announce that the Tunbridge Well Cultural & Learning Hub project has been granted £4.3 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by National Lottery Players.
This is an exciting time for Tunbridge Wells and Kent and sets us clearly on the path to the delivery of this landmark project over the next three years. The project team will now begin the task of planning the next phase of the project including decant of the buildings and interim service delivery.
But for the moment this is a chance to celebrate the success of this award from HLF which wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support of our stakeholders and partners.
Since receiving stage 1 funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England in April 2016, the Project Team have been working with consultants including Architects, Designers, Business & Activity Planners to develop the project ready for the stage 2 funding submissions in July and December 2017.
Throughout this time, a range of public consultations have taken place, giving the community the opportunity to feedback on the design of the future Hub along with the stories that will be told through its collections and the activities and events that will take place during construction and when the Hub opens.
The Project Team are preparing for the next phase of the project and awaiting decisions on the stage 2 funding applications from both Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.