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Beaney’ s millionth milestone triumph

Restoration celebrations for library and museum

CELEBRATION: (from left) James Williams, from the Beaney, winner Cheryl Doherty and daughter Eleanor, Library manager Barbara Bragg and Director of Canterbury Museums and Galleries Jo Jones
CELEBRATION: (from left) James Williams, from the Beaney, winner Cheryl Doherty and daughter Eleanor, Library manager Barbara Bragg and Director of Canterbury Museums and Galleries Jo Jones

Two years after a £14 million restoration project, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge has just welcomed its one millionth visitor. Cheryl Doherty and her five-month-old daughter Eleanor became visitors number 1,000.000 and 1,000,001 when they entered the library last Thursday for a baby bounce and rhyme session. The pair were greeted by museum and library staff and told the good news. Cheryl said it was “a lovely surprise, adding:

“I can’t believe the Beaney has now welcomed one million visitors since it reopened. It was a lovely surprise and we look forward to returning soon.

Cheryl has won a lifetime membership of the Beaney, bottle of champagne, and her own copy of the Canterbury Monopoly game. The Beaney underwent a massive refurbishment from 2009 to 2012, funded by the city and county councils, as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund. Since it reopened on September 2012. It has served as a cultural hub in the city.

The city council’s executive member for museums, Councillor Georgina Glover, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for all involved in the redevelopment project. The Beaney has played a major role in positioning Canterbury as a key cultural destination. These fabulous visitor numbers are testament to the high quality of the collections, exhibitions and library services it offers.”

Herne Bay Times, December 10th 2014