August 2021 Newsletter

The Amelia: Enriching Lives, Inspiring Learning


Welcome to the regular newsletter for The Amelia, keeping you up to date on all our upcoming events and bringing you all the latest news and updates from the project.

Set to open in spring 2022, The Amelia will bring together books, objects, documents, photographs, and visual art, housed in a vibrant and revitalised building. The building will be named after the suffragist and Tunbridge Wells resident Amelia Scott. Read on to find out the latest on our news and events, or browse our website for more information about current services, and the services of our partners.


Many of us remember the original buildings.

Fig 3: View to the rear of the side also showing the huts. Fig 4: The new lift. Fig 5: The side entrance to the Museum and Library. Fig 6: The Junction between the Adult Education Centre, Museum and Library

The proposed plans were to create a rear extension and an infill building to connect the buildings to create the new integrated service.

A diagram showing the new circulation core, the new extension & courtyard (additional 700 m2), and the removal of the first floor level of museum and library

As the scaffolding comes down, the improvements to the new Amelia Scott building can be seen! Wilmott Dixon Interiors continues to work towards the construction being completed this month, when the fitout contractor, Factory Settings, will take over getting us ready for our opening in the spring of next. We hope you like the images, they really show how much progress has been made to this point.

Building Exterior Showing large curved window Building Exterior Showing Curved Wall

Building Interior showing glass roof The museum and library roof lights have been installed and the gallery rooms are beginning to take shape. Building Interior


Building Exterior showing the construction of a paved stone courtyard The paving stones are being laid in the courtyard and inside, lighting, mechanical and electrical systems are being fitted. Building Interior showing the large curved glass window


Kent Adult Education Whatever your aspirations, discover a range of new courses that allow you to become who you want to be. From Gardening and Graphic Design to Tarot and Fashion History, Kent Adult Education’s new courses will inspire your creativity. Learn online and in real-time, at a time that suits you. Or learn in a centre at various countywide locations. Book your course today at


Park Safaris Although our Park Safaris are fully booked for this year, why not take a look at our online Park Safaris – learn how to do your own bug hunt, how to identify bugs, and some top tips for taking pictures.


Featuring objects from our collection and highlighting places of local interest, the activity booklet is filled with drawing challenges, colouring in and suggestions for things to do and try throughout the summer in the borough of Tunbridge Wells.

No need to book, just turn up on the day!


The Friends are delighted to announce that they are currently planning a poetry competition with the theme ‘Friendship’. The Times of Tunbridge Wells has agreed to publicise the competition in late August/early September and once judging has taken place the winners will be announced in early November. In these very difficult and unusual times The Friends feel that the subject matter has never been more relevant.

Amelia Scott booklet
Local author Anne Carwardine has agreed to write a booklet for The Friends on the Life and Times of Amelia Scott. Anne, author of ‘Disgusted Ladies’, is an experienced historian and researcher on inspirational women. The booklet will coincide with the opening of the new Amelia Scott and The Friends sincerely thank Anne for this exciting new project.

Anne Carwardine


There are still opportunities to get involved with volunteering during these unusual times. Find out more on our website by visiting the volunteering page at

Council services

Visit Tunbridge Wells

Kent Adult Education

Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives

TW Social
Online resources and entertainment from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, to help establish online sense of community across our borough and to help combat the social isolation and loneliness we can all feel sometimes. Visit

The Friends
Find out more on their Facebook page.