Two mannequin heads wearing 50s style sunglasses, one is wearing a 50s scarf wrapped around its head and the other has a straw hat on
The Fabulous 50s exhibition opens at Eastgate House on Saturday, 6 August.
Published: Monday, 1st August 2022

Take a trip back to the decade when austerity and rationing gave way to glamour and rock’n’roll at Medway’s beautiful Tudor mansion.

The new Fabulous Fifties exhibition, which opens at Eastgate House on Saturday, 6 August, forms part of Medway’s celebrations to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

One of the house’s historic rooms will be filled with objects from The Guildhall Museum – items you might find in a 1950s home as well as objects from the world of work and memories of major events during the decade. 

Younger visitors can also take part in a free space race trail around the house as well as hunt for The Queen’s favourite dog – Corgis – which are hiding around the house.

Following popular demand, visitors are still able see a replica set of the crown jewels alongside flower displays reflecting the coronation bouquet and memorabilia from Her Majesty’s coronation.

The Fabulous Fifties exhibition will be on display until Sunday, 25 September.

As part of the exhibition, visitors are invited to share lots of laughs and memories from the 50s, 60s and 70s at The Baby Boomer Nostalgia Show at 2.30pm on Sunday, 4 September. Alan Haines’ show will be packed full of funny recollections, audience engagement and even music. Alan, who is based in Kent, has performed for hundreds of clubs and societies and even appeared at the Edinburgh and Brighton fringe festivals. Tickets cost £10, or £4 for people aged 60 and above, and include light refreshments after the show. To book visit Eastgate House or phone 01634 332700 during normal opening hours.

Eastgate House is open Wednesday to Sunday, between 10am and 5pm (last entry 4.15pm). Entry fees cost £5.90 for adults, children aged five to 17 and concessions cost £3.20 and a family ticket costs £14. All trails are free.

Find out more about Eastgate House, which inspired Charles Dickens and was used as a Victorian boarding school and library before becoming a museum.

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