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Folkestone Library & Museum
Folkestone Local Studies collection is an important historical resource including directories, registers, maps, photographs, memorabilia, microfilms and computers. New aspects for historical research are revealed by enquiries from Shepway residents and international customers such as "How old is my house in the High Street?", "Which Folkestone church blesses the fisheries?" and "Did a local newspaper print my grandfather's obituary?". The Folkestone Heritage Team answer questions, promote Folkestone heritage and are active in extending the collection to increase understanding of the past and the present.

Location Details
Folkestone Library & Museum
2 Grace Hill
Kent CT20 1HD
Tel: 01303 256710
Link to map (which opens in a new window)

Wheelchair access. The library has an audio loop.
Opening Times
Monday and Tuesday
9.30 –18.00
9.30 –17.00
9.30 –18.00
Friday & Saturday
9.30 – 19.00
10.00 –16.00


Stephen Connolly
Folkestone Obscura
4 October – 27 November 2004
A Film surveying 100 years of visual entertainment on Folkestone's seafront, capturing history and quieter moments of leisure by the sea using archival clips, a recreated camera obscura and new film footage with a soundtrack.
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Rob Kesseler
Botanizing the Library
4 October – 27 November 2004
A celebration of the flora of Folkestone drawing together diverse strands of science, botany and literature using artifacts and ephemera from the library and museum together with microscopic images of pollen.
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Bob and Roberta Smith
Day Out
4 October – 27 November 2004
Bob Smith launches an absurd campaign inspired by the satirical political posters and bizarre photographs of seaside entertainers.

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Other Projects


Sally O'Reilly & Cathy Haynes of Implicasphere
A Three–Fold Yarn
Free. Pick up a copy from any of the three main venues.
Derived from a game in which players find connections between facts and fables to create unexpected lines of association A Three Fold Yarn reveals facts and fictions that add a new layer of meaning to Navigating History and to the libraries' collections.
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Talks and Events

Visions through a Lens; from Magic Lanterns to Film
20 October 2004, 18.30
Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library & Museum

A look at how photography and cinema has shaped our views of the past with Bruce Crook and his Magic Lantern, Frank Gray
Director of the South East Film and Video Archive and film maker Stephen Connolly.
Free. Booking advised on 01303 256710.

Navigating the Commissions with artist Peter Fillingham
30 October 2004, 13.00
Heritage Room, Folkestone Library & Museum

Join us for an enlightening meander through the Navigating History projects and the materials that inspired them. From Rob Kesseler's use of botanical specimens and literature, and Stephen Connolly's research into early film of Folkestone to Bob Smith's satirical rendition of seaside entertainment and politics.
Free. Booking advised on 01303 256710.

Contemporary Camera Obscura
30 October 2004, 12.00 – 16.30

Bottom of the Cliff Lift (if it rains – Folkestone Library).
View Folkestone through
Stephen Connolly's camera obscura.

Grand Day Out with
Bob and Roberta Smith
30 October 2004, 14.00 – 18.00

(14.00 beach in front of the Metropole, 17.00 Music Room, Metropole.)
Metropole, The Leas, Folkestone
Bring a picnic and join in a humorous and quirky jaunt with a series of competitions and experiments.

Cross Fertilisation: the Pollination of Art, Science and Literature
11 November 2004, 18.30
Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library & Museum

Join artist
Rob Kesseler, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, botanist Madeline Harley and writer Jonathan Hunt in taking inspiration from our natural history and exploring the hidden world of plants.
Free. Booking advised on 01303 256710.

Botanizing the Library Book Launch
11 November 2004, 17.30 – 18.30
Ottakars Bookshop, 16 Sandgate Road, Folkestone

Teachers Professional Development Workshop
24 November 2004, Folkestone Library & Museum
Discover the possibilities of using local history and heritage collections as an exciting resource for pupils across the curriculum.
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