the faversham societyFormed in 1962, the Society is a Registered Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee working to preserve the heritage and fabric of the historic town of Faversham and its surrounding parishes. Created in response to modernization and the loss of historic buildings in Faversham, the Society aims to ensure that Faversham’s individual sense of place and outstanding heritage features are not lost.

Over 60 years of growth and development have shaped the Society into a complex business with many different aspects, most of which engage directly with the general public as well as with specialist researchers and enquirers. With over 800 members and run entirely by volunteers, the Society is one of the oldest civic societies in the UK and much of its early work has since been replicated by other civic organizations, especially our Open House event.

kent police museum

The Kent Police Museum is a free educational and fun experience for the whole family.

Situated in a operational Edwardian police station in the historic market town of Faversham, it explores the history and development of one of the UK’s largest police forces.

You can:

  • try on real police uniform
  • see the evidence that brought Kent criminals to justice in our crime room
  • step into our Edwardian cell block and hear about some true 19th century Faversham crimes
    -enjoy our interactive displays and handling collection, including a police motorcycle

Opening hours:     April-October, Thurs & Fri, 10am-4pm

Cost: Free entry

chart gunpowder millsFrom c1550 when Faversham Abbey instigated the first explosives production until 1934, explosives were one of Faversham’s main exports, with great demand from Chatham and Sheerness Dockyards, the Woolwich Arsenal and the Tower of London, as well as brisk European trade.

The gunpowder industry in Faversham reached its peak during the Napoleonic Wars when Chart Mills very probably supplied powder for both the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo.

fleur de lisMore than 2000 years of history stretch out, from Vikings to Victorians and beyond, in this fascinating museum! Housed partly in a 15th century former public house, you will see the past and feel involved as the story unfolds of Faversham over the centuries. You will be entranced by the Victorian schoolroom and kitchen, moved by the WW1 & WW2 displays, the costumes and shop fronts delight and there is an amazing selection of sports equipment and information.

maison dieuThe Maison Dieu is a 13th and 16th century flint and timber-framed building of Grade 11* status and is in the Guardianship of English Heritage. It was once part of a medieval Hospital which gained royal patronage under King Henry III.

The hospital site included lodgings for royal visitors and for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury and to the Holy Lands. The building, once thought to have been a chantry priest house, is now run as a museum and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn the history of the hospital foundation and to see a collection of historic objects from archaeological excavations from the hospital site prior to the development of housing in 1977.