April 2020 Newsletter

Latest Update


Although the pandemic has reduced some of our face to face activities we have been working to deliver as much as we can digitally and to help our volunteers complete projects from the comfort of their own homes.

Works on site have continued! Willmott Dixon Interiors (WDI) have been working hard on the site, and you may have seen that the hoardings are now in place. The project team is continuing successfully with the works and has adapted working practices to enable social distancing and meet the requirements and recommended best practice guidance to keep people safe in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Works are progressing on site in accordance with the programme. Demolition is on-going and the ground works have commenced. Design work continues.  The new lift pit excavation has commenced under the management and supervision of the Archaeologist. Not artefacts of interest have been found to date.  The photos record the progress that has been made. We’ll bring you more updates as the work progresses.

The website is now live so please visit regularly for more updates.


Discovery Days

Discovery Days, our popular family fun sessions, had to be re-designed due to the pandemic, so our clever team created an interactive video to replace the face to face sessions we usually run, you can find our  helpful family fun video on The Amelia website here theamelia.co.uk/get-involved/learning-resources/george-smart-interactive-video/

Tunbridge Wells Library

Although Kent’s 99 Libraries are closed due to coronavirus, customers can still access a vast range of e-services via our website – including free e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and daily e-newspapers.

We’ve also made it possible for people to join online, without needing to leave their homes, so it’s never been easier to access our e-services. Our website also offers lots of research and reference materials, online training opportunities and local history resources. For  more details and information visit kent.gov.uk/libs


Adult Education

Kent Adult Education – bringing learning to you with a range of online courses.

Our Tunbridge Wells Adult Education centre may well be closed but that hasn’t stopped us here at KAE delivering our exciting courses. We are helping to keep the conversation flowing with our collection of online courses which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Courses are delivered in real time by our specialist tutors. They are a great way of using up your spare time productively, you’ll also get to learn something new and benefit from some much-welcomed social interaction, whilst having fun at the same time.

Courses are easy to access with a phone, laptop or tablet and an internet connection.

Choose from Arts, Craft, Languages and more, with new courses being added. Browse and enrol at kentadulteducation.co.uk

Tales of Tunbridge Wells

We will soon be launching a free new audio walking trail for the town, ‘Tales of Tunbridge Wells’. Listeners can discover the history and heritage of this celebrated town through stories, anecdotes and fascinating facts.

“Tales of Tunbridge Wells” features contributions from historians, local business owners, residents, landlords and reverends. The trail’s narrative spans from the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 to the thriving commuter town that exists today. Visitors are taken on a self-led journey through 25 key locations in the town which, in full, lasts just over an hour. An on-screen map offers you a suggested route, although the GPS triggered audio and images can be enjoyed in any order, or even from the comfort of your own home!

This project has been realised through a collaboration between The Amelia and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Visit Tunbridge Wells Tourism Service. The trail will be available from Autumn 2020 and downloadable for free from the app stores for both Apple and Android devices.

We will be publishing select audio tracks on our website until the App is launched, the tracks will change each week and can be listened to here on The Amelia website theamelia.co.uk/get-involved/learning-resources/postcards-from-tunbridge-wells/

For more inspiration on keeping the touring dream alive, www.visittunbridgewells.com/, the official tourism website, has a selection of beautiful pictures, historical stories, virtual tours and more ideas on pretty places to take your daily exercise. Updates will be added over time, keep in touch via our VisitTunbridgeWells Facebook and TWellsTourism Twitter.

Tales of Tunbridge Wells Audio Trail - The Town


We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in volunteering, and some of our work relies on the generosity of our volunteers!

If you are interested in learning new skills or developing existing passions while getting involved in research, collections care, or engagement projects then please get in touch with julie.hawksworth@tunbridgewells.gov.uk. Interested in volunteering with Library services? Find out more by calling 03000 41 69 96, emailing libraryvolunteers@kent.gov.uk, or visiting www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-andcommunity/volunteering/volunteer-in-libraries