All our objects and archives have been donated. Items in our collection have been accepted because they have been used or made in the Eden Valley, Kent. Each object has a story to tell.
Any item that is not on display may be viewed by appointment. Further development of our website is planned to enable access to an online catalogue.
Objects and Archives
A collection of objects and original documents including maps and documents relating to the social history and industrial archaeology of the Eden Valley in Kent. The collections consist primarily of local artefacts representing the trades, crafts and stories of the local communities. This includes tannery, cricket-ball making, milling, education, healthcare and commerce collections as well as a whole variety of other areas.
History Information Archive
The Eden Valley Museum holds the Edenbridge & District Historical Society archive and information gathered to support research and exhibitions at the museum. This also includes oral history and recollections in various formats.
Our handling collection is available in support of talks, activities and exhibitions. It also includes travelling versions of previous exhibitions.
A collection of books and pamphlets of local interest.
Photographs and Images
The Eden Valley Museum has more than 4,000 photographs, paintings and drawings in its collection. The majority are historical images from the first half of the 20th century or earlier including c.400 images donated to the museum by Alan Dell in 2000. More recent images relate to special events in the Valley or comprise special collections donated to the museum including c.300 in the Roy Coles Hop-Picking Collection.
Through a collaboration with the Kent Photo Archive an ever increasing number of our images are being made available online with special categories such as cricket ball making, hop picking and the tannery being drawn together.
Want to see more? View our expanding collection of photographs at the Kent Photo Archive.