Kent Archaeological Review extract

Maidstone Museum Fire.
by T C Woodman.

Kent archaeologists were shocked to hear on the national radio over the Jubilee holiday of a very serious fire at the main Maidstone Museum, in St Faiths Street. On about the 4th June a large part of the museum housing much of the County archaeological collection, was severely damaged by fire. Appliances from a wide area eventually stopped the fire from destroying the whole museum.

It was later reported on the radio that a young member of the museum staff was in police custody under suspicion of arson. It is understood that this was the second fire in the museum in recent months. An initial estimate of the damage to the building was 100,000. It is not yet clear to what extent the collections were damaged.

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