July 2020 Newsletter

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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 around 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.





The Amelia Scott construction site is progressing well under social distancing guidelines. So far, 40 tonnes of rebar have been used, which is half as heavy as a space shuttle! Work on the first-floor slab formwork is now complete in preparation for the slab being poured.
Also on the site, the Design Team are continuing to work on the external elevation sampling and facilitating work to the infill building. Take at a look The Amelia Scott’s progress video: 6 months in 6 minutes.
An essential gas network upgrade on Monson Way started on Thursday 16 July and will be carried out for approximately 3 weeks. However, pedestrian access will be maintained and all businesses will remain open as usual.
Construction site image of the first floor formwork being built using steel rebar and a crane.





Kent County Council has introduced a carefully planned phased approach and will reopen 12 libraries following government advice on the 13 July 2020. The 12 main town county library centres will open from 10am until 4pm Monday-Saturday. See the full list of libraries reopening.


The libraries will be abiding by social distance guidelines and, to keep customers and staff safe, each library will focus on a ‘Select and Collect’ service to temporarily replace bookshelf browsing. Read more information and watch how the ‘Select and Collect’ system works. 


Orders for the ‘Select and Collect’ book borrowing service can be made online and over the phone, and customers can pick up their items from one of the 12 libraries at an agreed date and time. Book your ‘Select and Collect’ slot online. The 12 libraries will also offer pre-bookable PC and Wi-Fi usage time slots.
image of mobile phone displaying the Libby app interface
Read and listen to your favourite books for free with your library card. All you need to do is download the new Libby app to get started!


Put your local library in your pocket and easily browse, search and discover new books. The Libby app makes reading more convenient for you by providing access to library books from anywhere and at any time. The app suits everyone in the family with a wide selection of books to read and listen to. Watch the getting started video to learn the basics, like how to navigate the app, borrow e-books and audiobooks, and start reading.


Discovery Days and Park Safaris calendar infographic.




The Amelia Team have designed a summer holiday programme of free online challenges and activities for all families. Discovery Days will be released online every Tuesday throughout the school summer holidays. Challenges include weird and wonderful Victorian objects, learning why Victorians never smiled and Tunbridge Wells biscuits fit for royalty. Access the latest Discovery Day challenge.


The Amelia Team will also be releasing their Park Safari activities. The activities are fun and interactive including learning how to identify top bugs, how to create your own bug hunt as well as photography tips. Park Safaris will be shared online every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays. Access the latest Park Safari.





Kent Adult Education presents their Creative Open Week, giving you the opportunity to try a wide range of creative courses. The open week courses start in September and include Floristry, Sculpture and Creative Musicianship, amongst many others. Each course has been specially designed to enable you develop new and exciting skills with the help of a specialist tutor guiding you through the session, and all from the comfort of your own home. Book your creative course now to secure your space in September.


Kent Adult Education have also released their new 2020/21 online courses that are available for enrolment. Courses range from creative writing to perfecting your computer skills and counselling qualifications; the list is endless! There has never been a better time to perfect your skills or try something new. Browse the full list of online courses.





We are pleased to feature an update from The Friends of Tunbridge Wells Museum, Library and Art Gallery, a charitable organisation that aims to support the Museum, Library and Art Gallery in promoting our local heritage. This is the first of regular updates from the Chair of The Friends, Anne Stobo:

“I am pleased to inform you that our Georgian Gown Appeal has benefited from a generous donation by John Arkell from his presentation to The Civic Society via Zoom. Thank you, John! Also successful, has been an application for Gift Aid submitted by John Stobo, our Membership Secretary. We are well on our way towards our goal of £10,000!


The Friends during these very difficult times have been coping with lockdown in an imaginative and interesting way. I encouraged The Friends to take part in a “Georgian Challenge”. As part of our Gown Project and as a direct result of lockdown, I asked The Friends if they would like to join me in some research of The Georgian Age. I am currently reading a fascinating account of Mary Delany, a quite remarkable Georgian. Ruth Chambers along with a few others has taken up the challenge. Keep your eyes peeled for Ruth Chambers’ account of the ‘Georgian Challenge’ in the August edition of The Amelia newsletter!”


You can find more information on The Friends from their Facebook page.





Volunteering: 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 www.theamelia.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering/
Kent Adult Education:  https://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk/
Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives: www.kent.gov.uk/libs
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 https://twsocial.co.uk/


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