Westgate Heritage Centre, Westgate on Sea, Thanet, Kent
Westgate Heritage Centre, Westgate on Sea, Thanet, Kent

About Us

Doctor Dawn Crouch, Curator of the Westgate Heritage Centre
Doctor Dawn Crouch,
Consultant Historian for the Westgate Heritage Centre

Westgate Heritage Centre was opened officially on 31st March 2007 by Roger Gale 2007 M.P. for North Thanet and is located in St Saviour's, the Parish Church for Westgate on Sea. The Centre includes something of the history of Westbrook, which lies east between Westgate and Margate, because the history of the “two new towns” as they were called in a letter of 1871, is inextricably linked.

There is also much supplementary material both pictorial and written available in files and boxes  - we have too much for it all to be put on display. It can easily be accessed by anyone interested – there are facilities for sitting down and reading. There is a list of material available from the stewards. It is being added to all the time, as people bring in things they think may be of interest.

The section on Wartime Westgate contains a great deal of oral history of Westgatonians who were living in the area during the Second World War. The permanent “Time Line” exhibition is supplemented by smaller displays about particular subjects of interest often linked with anniversaries – for example in 2007 “Westgate in 1917” linked with the 90th anniversaries of the Battles of Arras and Passchendaele.

In 2008, the Westgate and Westbrook Residents’ Association celebrated its 50th anniversary we held a special exhibition “Focus on ‘58”. It was interesting to see what were the concerns of the Association in 1958 and compare them with the concerns today.

Also in 2008 we started a special permanent section on the history of St Saviour’s C.E. School founded in 1886. There are some really fascinating exhibits. Come and read about the troubles of the school during World War I or the poignant stories of the evacuation of the school to Staffordshire in 1940 or the post-war problems when their classes were accommodated all over the town or the exciting story of the building and opening of the new St Saviour’s Junior School in 1995!

The Centre relies upon generous donations from local residents and businesses and we are grateful for any support or donations to help us continue our work.

Our school classroom, full of memories and exhibits of life in the local Westgate schools.
Children from Chartfield School in Westgate with curator Dr Dawn Crouch
Our school classroom, full of memories and exhibits of life in the local Westgate schools.
Our school classroom, full of memories and exhibits of life in the local Westgate schools.
MP for Thanet North, Roger Gale at the opening of the 2008 Westgate Heritage Centre
Roger Gale MP at the 2008 opening.
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Heritage Lottery Fund