October 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.


Are you looking for things to do with the family in October Half Term? Come along to The Amelia’s free fun-filled family drop-in event Discovery Days. Dates, times and further details will be revealed on the What’s On page. Come along and handle some real historical objects from our collection. Have a go at some free craft activities and enjoy hearing stories about the local area.

Discovery Days


My Lockdown Companion is a stop-motion film project that will showcase a collection of short stories narrated by young people from Tunbridge Wells about their personal account of what or who got them through the Covid 19 pandemic. The festival will celebrate the imagination, resilience, and creativity of these young people as they coped with the hardships of lockdown and having their freedom taken away.

The animations will be showcased in the TW Social online Film Festival coming October 2021!

For more information and to take part, visit www.TWSocial.co.uk
TW Social – Together we are building stronger communities.

My Lockdown Companion Stop-Motion Animation Competition: Let your imagination take off!


Tales of Tunbridge Wells Audio Trail

If you’ve not done so already, now is a great time to take advantage of our free audio trail app ‘Tales of Tunbridge Wells’. This self-guided tour of the town will accompany you on a journey of 30 fantastic historic sites and sights.

Contributors range from historians, local business owners, residents, landlords and reverends. Their anecdotes and facts provide a colourful and characterful insight into one of England’s first tourist destinations.

Simply search for and download ‘Tales of Tunbridge Wells’ in the app store for your mobile device, or click the links below.

Tales of Tunbridge Wells for Android
Tales of Tunbridge Wells for Apple


The Culture Team’s 5-day Bronze Arts Award intensive course ran from 9-13 August at the TN2 Centre in Sherwood. This course was offered free to young people aged 9-18 living in the Sherwood area.

Arts Award Students

Participants gained a QTSF Level 3 qualification from participating in the week of activities. The programme included a Puppetry Workshop, a Special Effects Make Up workshop with professional Makeup Artist Kate Griffiths, a technical tour and technical theatre workshop at the Assembly Hall Theatre, a Stop Motion Animation workshop, a live screening of the Broadway musical ‘Newsies’, a small research project on an artist who has inspired them and why, as well as sharing an arts skill with the group. Their work was recorded in an Arts Award workbook. It was an excellent week with a very motivated group of young people.

This project was an extension of the pre-covid Sherwood Youth Drama group, which ran weekly sessions at the TN2 Centre. Both initiatives were funded by the Gatwick Fund through the Kent Community Foundation. We now hope to be able to offer the Arts Awards programme every year. For further information on youth projects at the Amelia or the Arts Award courses, contact Bethan.Minter@tunbridgewells.gov.uk


Willmott Dixon Interiors continue to make progress on site, and many areas of the building are now near to completion as the new Amelia Scott building takes shape. Floor finishes can be seen in some area of the building, and the paving in the courtyard has been completed.

Interior Construction is nearing completion, the rooms are largely finished and ready for fittings.


The Friends invite entries to their Friendship Poetry Competition. Celebrate your friends and friendship by putting pen to paper and writing about how valuable friendship is to you.

• Adult prize: £100
• Adult runner up: £75 towards an Adult Education course
• Young adult prize (12-18): £20 book token
• Children’s prize (under 12): £10 book token

Children and young adults can enter the competition for FREE. The entry fee is £5 for adults (payable by cheque or cash). Please make cheques payable to ‘The Friends of Tunbridge Wells Museum Library and Art Gallery’. Post your entry along with your remittance to Anne Stobo: 21, Albany Hill, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3RX, or email annestobo@yahoo.co.uk by Wednesday 13 October 2021. The winners will be notified early in November 2021.


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/opportunities/

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 https://twsocial.co.uk/

The Friends
Find out more on their Facebook page.