Bringing Deal’s history to life

Published: 07 September 2023

Deal Town Hall opens its doors to bring the building’s history to life.

As part of Heritage Open Days, on Saturday 16 September from 10am to 2pm visitors will be able to enjoy exhibitions and explore the Town Hall Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour.

Historian Pat Smith will share her ‘Battling Belles’ display, a journey in to the origins of Women’s football and how Deal man, Arthur Henry-Hobbs, fought for sporting equality.

The Kent Family History Society will have a display on their ‘Past Mayors of Deal’ exhibit and our Town Sergeant will give guided tours of the Mayor’s Parlour.

Mayor of Deal, Cllr Oliver Richardson, said: “It’s so good to see our annual Heritage Day return as it allows us to bring our unique past to life.

“Our Charter, enabling Deal to become independent of Sandwich in 1699, the Turner painting, said to be the only one to depict lightning and the Elizabeth Carter portrait are just some of the treasures we have to share. If you haven’t been before, do come along.”

Deal Town Hall will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 16 September.

Heritage Open Days are England's largest community heritage festival, it is free and runs from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 September. There are 19 events happening across the town and you can find out more here