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-on-Sea Heritage Centre

Westgate-on-Sea 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.

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
Heritage Lottery Fund