June 2020 Newsletter

At The Amelia Scott construction site work is continuing steadily, safely, and within social distancing guidelines.


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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.
At The Amelia Scott construction site work is continuing steadily, safely, and within social distancing guidelines.  If you’ve been in the town centre you may have noticed that a scaffold has gone up around parts of the building. The Design Team have been able to access this scaffold and it has enabled them to work up details of the external elevation works. Elsewhere on site, the ground floor slab has now been poured, and works continue to both the new build and the existing building sections.
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The Reading Agency and Kent libraries are excited to introduce the ‘Silly Squad’.


Due to our libraries being closed, this year’s challenge will be online only.


Children aged 4 to 11 can join the ‘Silly Squad’, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh, and get stuck into all sorts of funny books! The challenge will begin on Friday 5 June and end late September. Taking part is easy and free, visit the Silly Squad website to sign up. The challenge is to read any books that make them laugh, smile and be happy during the summer. Whether that’s comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or nonfiction (book or eBook format). Families are encouraged to join in and ‘get silly’. New fun and silly content is available every week including activities, games, quizzes and more.


For more information email libraries@kent.gov.uk. Keep up to date by following the Reading Agency on Twitter at twitter.com/readingagency, and by using the hashtag #SummerReadingChallenge and #sillysquad2020.


You can also follow the Summer Reading Challenge on Facebook at facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK

Did you know that The Amelia website has a variety of learning resources designed to support teaching and learning? We have just launched the second of our Discovery Days interactive videos. The latest video explores the story of local printer Jasper Sprange (1746-1823), and demonstrates how to create your own poster inspired by our collection. You can also find colouring sheets based on much loved items from our collections.
If you’d like to learn more about the fascinating history of Tunbridge Wells join Dr Ian Beavis for our Curator Talks Podcast series, or listen to weekly excerpts from our forthcoming “Tales of Tunbridge Wells” free audio walking trail app.
Visit https://theamelia.co.uk/get-involved/learning-resources/ to access all these resources.

Try Something New With Kent Adult Education!
Enjoy learning with new online courses from Kent Adult Education. Discover The Arts, Language, Writing and Literature and many more at
There’s never been a better time to join like-minded people and experience something new. Not sure what you’d like to try? Take a look at the upcoming online events and demos page to find out about upcoming FREE taster events and demos designed for you to enjoy at home: https://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk/learning-with-us/events/ 


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