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Find out why the Goodwin Sands have been important in the development of Deal, the story of smuggling and the history of Deal piers in this area of the museum.

Upper Gallery

Local History

Given the museum’s background it is apt that part of this upstairs space, the Upper Gallery, is now given over to local industrial, trade and domestic history.  Bottles from local shops, pie dishes from local bakers, a giant shoe used as an advertisement by a local shoe shop are all on display along with cutlery and plates from the South Eastern Hotel and Queens Hotel. Handwritten boards show how Deal High Street changed during the 20th Century.

Also on view upstairs is a selection of the Museum’s collection of drawings including those by Henry Moses, sketches by J R Roget and engravings of JMW Turner’s illustrations of Deal.   The original late nineteenth century Deal Hooden Horse, who roamed the town at Christmas is here, so too the emergency equipment of local doctor, and Sea Surgeon Dr. James Hall.   They all reflect the wealth and diversity of this local history collection.

Try our quizzes about the history of Deal and Walmer here.

Kent Coalfield

A small exhibition is dedicated to the former Kent Coalfield.  Amongst the impressive collection of mining items and history are interactive audio-visual presentations telling the story of this local mining industry.   

Famous Faces

On the staircase leading to the first flooris a wall of Famous Faces associated with Deal and Walmer.   Historical names include eighteenth century author, ‘blue-stocking’ and resident of Deal, Elizabeth Carter, actor Charles Hawtrey, entertainer Norman Wisdom and Edith Appleton who nursed in France during that Great War etc  and many more.