Opened in 2000 as a Heritage Lottery Fund Millennium project, Eden Valley Museum brings the history of the Eden Valley in Kent to life for members of the community and visitors to the town through the stories of its people, buildings and environment.
Located in an atmospheric medieval farmhouse in the heart of Edenbridge, the Museum’s core collections consist of an extensive photographic and social history collection covering the Eden Valley area, incorporating the historic market town of Edenbridge and its surrounding villages.
This local museum, at the heart of the community, is run primarily by volunteers under the guidance of the Trustees and with the support of more than 200 museum members and a network of local organisations.
In addition to the permanent galleries, the Museum has a changing programme of exhibitions, guided walks and events designed to attract visitors from both the local community and further afield.
In their Forward Plan for 2014-2016, the Museum's Trustees identified the need to continue the current level of engagement with visitors to the Museum itself but at the same time grow the Museum’s programme of education and outreach. With generous support from local organisations and a new Learning & Education Officer in place, Eden Valley Museum has achieved a great deal in this area over the past two years with strengthened links to local community organisations, such as local primary schools, hospital and care homes; an increased online and social media presence; and a successful series of free guided historical walks of the town offering members of the public a chance to learn more about the town.