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Deal Maritime & Local History Museum

Welcome to the Deal Maritime and Local History Museum.  Our displays portray the changing history of Deal, Walmer and the surrounding area and we are packed to the rafters with fascinating glimpses into the past. 

Our Deal boats include the Saxon King, built in 1891 and a Dunkirk “Little Ship.”  We have a wonderful collection of model boats, too. Come and find out more about the impact of the Goodwin Sands on Deal and tales of smuggling and lifeboat rescues.

Browse the information on the famous people who have lived in the area, the Hooden Horse which delighted children on Christmas Eve, local industries and shops and the impact of the Royal Marines in Deal.

Come and explore all this and more!

About Us

You can find out about our history and the museum by going to the  about us page

Creative Writing Workshop

When: Sunday 9 September (all day)

Where: The Landmark Centre

Free: (but limited to 12 places)

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Provisional IRA attack in Deal. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, is working closely with our museum to understand if a creative writing project might be an appropriate commemoration. This workshop and consultation session will explore this idea.

Inspired by our museum's collection, participants can explore Deal's history to create an original piece of fiction (poetry/script/short story).  The day will cover:

  • Freewriting exercises
  • History as stimulus
  • Creating characters
  • Monologue writing
  • Dramatic structure

The workshop will suit anyone who loves stories and would like to help inspire a larger Deal creative writing project for 2019.

It will be led by James Baldwin. James is Literary Associate at The Marlowe Theatre and Associate Artist at the egg, Theatre Royal Bath.

To reserve a place please email: 


Certificate of Excellence

Thank you to all our supporters who helped us achieve once again, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018.


Opening times:

April, May, September & October: Tuesday - Friday: 2pm - 4.30pm ; Saturday: 11am - 4.30pm ; Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm

June, July & August: Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 4.30pm ; Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm

Bank Holidays: 12noon - 4pm