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Inside Maidstone Carriage Museum
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Inside Maidstone Carriage Museum

Fri 11th Sep 2020 to Sun 20th Sep 2020 - All Day

Special Events

As we’ve been unable to open the Maidstone Carriage Museum this summer, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to feature it for our Heritage Open Days event this year.

We’ve created a series of 4 short videos that will take you inside the carriage museum to explore some of the fascinating stories and intricate details of these beautiful vehicles. Each video will be uploaded on a different day but they will remain available to view throughout the course of the festival (and will be permanently available on our YouTube channel too).

Friday 11 September – Discover more about our beautiful ceremonial landau, including an exclusive look inside. This is the only vehicle in the museum’s collection which is still in regular use today as it’s used each year for the installation of the new Mayor of Maidstone.

Monday 14 September – Hear the tragic tale behind the Earl of Moray’s travelling coach and learn more about it’s unusual history.

Wednesday 16 September  – Enjoy a double treat today as we take a look at two of the more practical carriages in the museum’s collection; a rather grand ‘Four in Hand’ and a more everyday ‘Bow-Fronted Brougham’ – the taxi of its day!

Friday 18 September – We’re finishing our series of videos with a trio of carriages including a ‘sculpture on wheels’, something from the Royal Collection and a carriage from the 1700’s – the last of its kind from this era!

Please check back on the dates listed when each video will be available to view, or watch them on our YouTube channel.