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Our Collections

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The museum's collection comprises artefacts relating to the Borough of Ashford and its people.

The collection is represented by a number of displays including:

  • A pre-historic collection starting with a 200 million year old dinosaur leg bone found in 2001 at Washford farm.
  • Artefacts from the Neolithic, Romano- Briton and Anglo-Saxon periods.
  • The First World War having a central feature of ‘Life in the Trenches‘, and photos of some who never returned.
  • World War Two including information on the Prisoner of War camps within the Borough.
  • An excellent display on the lost businesses of Ashford showing items and photos of those firms.
  • Medical instruments from the old Ashford and cottage hospitals.
  • Railway memorabilia including artefacts from the railway and works, photographs and two model railways to recall the important role that railways played in the towns history.
  • Ashford Market, one of the oldest in the country, started in the 13th century by Royal charter.
  • The military history of the town.
  • Smuggling and the lives and demise of the ‘Aldington Gang’.