The Queen’s cousin, The Duke of Gloucester, opened the new entrance of the Fleur De Lis Museum in Faversham, which was reopened in 2002 after a complete refurbishment of the site and the provision of new facilities. The Faversham Society received Heritage Lottery Funding of £250,000 for the new entrance work.
Blue Ant designed the visitor experience with a variety of information graphics drawing visitors into the museum, which tracks the growth of Faversham from the early Iron Age settlements to today. The Welcome graphic conveys an image of the Creek, fundamental to Faversham’s history.
The Faversham Story wall incorporates stylised speech bubbles presenting questions; aimed at encouraging the visitor to engage with local history. Its colour scheme identifies the five titles in Faversham’s journey through time. A concise history is presented against a photomontage backdrop featuring iconic buildings, landmarks and people that make Faversham unique.
Further on, displays give a taste of material, culture and representation of past societies in Faversham – this will change periodically with archeological finds or artefacts relating to the timeline. In the ‘History revealed’ panel the focus is on the Faversham society buildings. This features a timeline of the 3 buildings’ history with introductory text and labels by Sarah Pearson and architectural illustrations by Allan Adams. There is also showcase display of the robes worn by the late Lord Boston of Faversham, a former Labour MP of the town.