Kent Archaeological Review extract

Faversham Heritage Centre Opens.
by Brian Philp.

After five years of careful planning and hard work the Heritage Centre at Faversham was opened by Lord Astor of Hever on 12th March, 1977. The scheme, costing 40,000 and carried out by the Faversham Society, revolves around a 16th century timber-framed building in Preston Street (the Fleur de Lis). The building has been extensively restored by a firm of contractors and the greater part of it is devoted to a series of fine graphic display panels showing the history, industry, housing, transport and many other aspects of town life. Groups of bygones in the small cellars, a good publications area and an excellent audio-visual system are the other attractions.

The whole scheme really breaks new ground in Kent and the Faversham Society and its volunteers deserve all hearty congratulations for their efforts. It now remains to be seen if the mainly interpretive theme of the Centre will widely promote the message of a balanced environment, both now and in the future. One pundit at the opening said that only about 8% of the population understands these matters and that the Centre would be a total success if it increased the figure to more than 30%. Only time will tell. Admission is 30p.

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