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Ashford Borough Museum

Ashford Borough Museum

Ashford Borough Museum is located in the Church Yard, at the heart of Ashford's Town Centre and features exhibits associated with Ashford's history. The Museum was formed 30 years ago by a group committed to promoting the heritage of Ashford and remains an entirely volunteer run organisation.

The building in which the Museum is housed was erected and endowed by Sir Norton Knatchbull of Mersham-le-Hatch in 1635 and continued as the Ashford Grammar School until a new school was opened in 1881.

The museum's collection comprises artefacts relating to the Borough of Ashford and its people from pre-history through to the railway and the lost businesses of Ashford. The Museum provides an important role within the community by promoting the town's fascinating past to local schools, community groups and visitors from across the world.

Ashford Museum is the Lead Member of the Wheels of Time network of Kent Museums and Heritage sites and has recently received Arts Council England funding to develop the Scheme with the ultimate aim of extending beyond Kent.