November – December 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 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.






Really good progress has been maintained on the Amelia Scott building over the last few weeks and we remain on programme.   


If you have visited Tunbridge Wells town centre recently, you may have noticed the installation of the Glulam arches, which will form the structure of the infill building, connecting all the buildings and services together. All seven arches have now been installed and work commences on the roof.


Elsewhere in the project, WDI continue to progress with the installation of high-level mechanical and electrical containment, repairs to the windows as well as the plasterwork in the adult education building.



Willmott Dixon Interiors have produced a walk-through video of The Amelia Scott construction site. Watch this video to go on your very own site tour!

Progress of The Amelia Build, showing the archway being installed.




Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have not been able to host information sessions in person, but we are keen to share developments and project updates. To this end, The Amelia project team facilitated a virtual online briefing for external stakeholders on the 24th November. The session covered updates on The Amelia Scott construction, interpretation fit out, artist commissions and the social value projects in the community through Willmott Dixon Interiors.


Watch the online briefing here.





Kent Libraries have created challenge for children to read 3 or more books over the Christmas holidays, and receive a virtual certificate and access to fun online activities. All you need to do to join the challenge is sign up!


Tunbridge Wells Library is closed on 24th-28th December 2020 and 1st January 2021 over the Christmas period. 


For more information on the Libraries that are open and the services on offer, please visit the KCC Libraries website.

Join The Winter Mini Challenge!


Enjoy fun activities for the whole family over the festive period with The Amelia’s online resources!


Join The Amelia on the move with our selection of podcasts about local history and our collection. Explore your creative side with a variety of craft activities and interactive videos. Take a stroll around the borough to discover what the Victorians left behind. Even have a go at making your own Romary’s inspired biscuits!





We are delighted to report that The Friends of Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery have achieved their fundraising target of £10,000 for the conservation of the Georgian gown! Work on the gown will begin in the Spring when Poppy Singer, our appointed conservator, will transport the gown to her studio in St Albans.


The Friends are now committing to the next step of the suit which accompanied the gown as it needs similar care and conservation.

Image of the Georgian Gown

A message from the Chair of The Friends, Anne Stobo:


‘This has been a very difficult year for all of us but with the exciting prospect of the new Amelia Scott building being completed in 2021 I know bright days are on the horizon.


The Friends send their warmest greetings and wish everyone a safe Happy Christmas and a brighter happier New Year!’


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
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