The Kent Big Weekend

26 March 2018

Ashford Museum participated in The Kent Big Weekend for the first time this year by offering tickets for guided Town Centre Heritage Trails over the weekend (24th and 25th March 2018). The ticket for the Trails were made available through the Kent Big Weekend website Museum opened especially for the weekend which saw more than 20 people take part in the Trails. The feedback was such that we are considering providing the trails at other times.

The Kent Big Weekend is all about celebrating what is great about the county and helping local Kent people to discover the great places to visit and things to do on their doorstep so they can recommend them to their friends and family. Tourism is important for Kent being worth £3.6billion to the local economy and supporting 72,000 jobs so we need to support the industry.

Railway apprentice piece unveiled

25 March 2018

Ashford Museum are pleased to be able to display a scale steam ploughing engine built by apprentices at Ashford Railway Works during 1968 – 1972. The engine had been in the possession of Tutor, Bert Hazeldon who passed away recently, and was kindly donated to the Museum by his family.

Mayor of Ashford, Cllr. Winston Michael, unveiled the engine at the Museum, on 24th March, in the presence of some of those who built it and members of Bert Hazeldon’s family. The Mayor said that young people considering taking up engineering as a career should see the engine as an example of the skills that could be gained through an apprenticeship.

Ashford Museum are extremely grateful to Bert's family for the donation of this important example of the history of the railway in Ashford.