Aylesham Heritage Centre

Set up and run voluntarily by members of East Kent’s ex-miners’ community, Aylesham Heritage Centre stores and archives the history of the Kent coalfield. The village of Aylesham was built in the 1920s to accommodate workers of the nearby Snowdown colliery, one of the four main collieries (alongside Tilmanstone, Betteshanger and Chislet) to be established in East Kent following the discovery of coal during early borings for the Channel Tunnel in the late 19th century.

The centre holds a growing collection of photographs, mining artefacts, books, recordings and films particularly related to Snowdown colliery and the associated Aylesham community, as well as an archive of local newspaper clippings dating back to 1904. Unique memories and conversations can also be found at AHC in the form of the miners themselves.

Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Centre has subsequently been set up in the village of Elvington to record and display the history of Tilmanstone colliery, and further collections dedicated to Betteshanger and Chislet collieries are also being gathered and preserved by members of the mining community.

Further information can be found at: http://www.movetheminer.org

Opening times: Wednesdays, 10am – 2pm


Louisa Love is the artist working with Aylesham. To Louisa Love’s posts, click the relevant crimson green bar.

In situ

On Tuesday 24th May I installed my completed film work at Aylesham. With the help of Keith and Eric the flat screen TV was mounted on one of the back walls and, after putting [...]

Community drawing gallery at Betteshanger

I was very excited to finally see all the wonderful drawings made at the Kent Miners’ Festival community drawing event on display on the construction hoardings at Betteshanger Country Park. Located right in front [...]

The unsettled artwork

I am now in the depths of going through, negotiating and editing together all of the documentation and research material that I’ve generated through the various strands of my project. Even in this final stage the [...]

The personal part

After ongoing research from Keith Owen at Aylesham we have uncovered a fascinating story of a local miner in the form of Richard ‘Dick’ Tubman, who was one of the youngest people to fight [...]

Mining the Lines

On Sunday 20th September I led Mining the Lines: Shepherdswell – Eythorne, a narrative walk exploring part of the Miners Way Trail between Shepherdswell and Eythorne and connecting up the lines (both physical and historical) of the [...]

Community Drawing @ Kent Miners’ Festival

On Bank Holiday Monday 31st August I ran a community drawing stall at this year’s Kent Miners’ Festival. I invited everyone to contribute to producing a large commemorative WW1-inspired community drawing for Aylesham Heritage Centre, as well [...]

Upcoming: community Drawing @ Kent Miners’ Festival 31 Aug

Upcoming event: I will be holding a WW1-inspired community drawing event at the Kent Miners’ Festival 2015, bank holiday Monday 31st August at Betteshanger Community Park. Taking inspiration from the experiences and stories of being [...]

6 miles, 3 hours, 22 minutes, 12,000 steps…

Today I did my longest Miners’ Trail walk so far. Shepherdswell –> Elvington –> (Tilmanstone) –> Eythorne –> Shepherdswell 6 miles 3 hours 22 minutes 3 breaks 5 points of disorientation 12,000 steps (give or take a [...]

walking proposal (part II)

I’ve been researching and thinking more about my ‘walking work’ with the help of the informative Miners Way Trail guidebook. It’s a big task but at the moment i’m trying to work out feasible [...]

22 Mar: EKR visit

Paid a visit to East Kent Railway this afternoon, where Gabor was showing the volunteers and visitors his proposals for a series of sited sculptures along the railway lines. We chatted about our research, ideas [...]