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

Welcome to the Westgate on Sea Heritage Centre

Founded in 2007, the Westgate Heritage Centre aims to tell the story of Westgate on Sea, a unique Victorian development, from 1865 the year when the first houses were built to the present day by a series of displays called “Time Line”.

We are open regularly throughout the year to browse our archives, speak to our volunteers or for our monthly talks about rich heritage of Westgate-on-Sea, please see the details in the Opening Times section.

Next Event

Saturday 7th April 2018 10.30am

The Story of Two, Or Maybe Three, Wills - Part II

Sally Whitworth and Dawn Crouch

Will also include the Heritage Centre's Fifth AGM, postponed from March.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Latest News

Adverse Weather Conditions

2nd March 2018

Due to bad weather, the AGM and talk on Saturday 3rd March 2018 have been cancelled. Our next meeting is on Saturday 7th April 2018 and will begin with the re-scheduled AGM.

Westgate needs 100 walkers

8th February 2018

Are you able to walk 1.5 miles (2.4 km)?

Would you like to pay tribute to the men of Westgate-on-Sea who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919 and to the civilian population who struggled to keep going on the Home Front?

Then, please come to the Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre in St Saviour's Church, Westgate Bay Avenue from 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 24th February, when we shall be taking part in a County wide project organised by 'Screen South' (kentww1.com/100-miles/) '100 miles - 100 years Kent in World War 1'.

Walking trails in many towns across Kent have been designed to recognise the people, places and events linked with the Great War, in the county.

Over the weekend of 24th / 25th February the trails will be launched across the County. The Heritage Centre has been invited to host the launching of the Westgate-on-Sea Trail, which we helped to design, on the morning of Saturday 24th February.

It is a circular route starting and ending at St Saviour's Church. The furthest point is the RNAS Memorial plaque at St Mildred's Bay. Our M.P. Sir Roger Gale has accepted our invitation to launch our trail at 11.15 a.m.

There will be an exhibition in the church showing how life in Westgate-on-Sea was transformed by the War with sections on the RNAS seaplane base at St Mildred's Bay, the VAD hospitals, the role of the Westgate-on-Sea Parish Council and the vital part played by the parish church of St Saviour. There will be archive material and artefacts on display, which are not usually available.

There will be hot drinks available, free of charge, throughout the event.

Walkers will need to register either online or at the church before setting out. Non-walkers are welcome to the exhibition, where volunteers will be on hand to help. The church has good disabled access.

In the Great War, Westgate-on-Sea played a part that was disproportionate to its size. It was, at that time, totally separate from the Borough of Margate, being part of the Isle of Thanet Rural District from which all official instructions were issued. Life in the town was completely changed by the presence of the RNAS seaplane base and a large number of army personnel, who were there for the duration to protect the base and to prepare for the threat of invasion. There were also many wounded soldiers in the town being treated at the Westgate hospitals.

The Victorian Soirée evening

6th February 2018

Our Victorian Soirée evening, scheduled for 20th April, has been cancelled.

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