The Crampton Tower Museum is a fascinating small museum is partly housed in a flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station. The tower formed part of the first Broadstairs public water supply and was put in repair by Thanet District Council.
Thomas Russel Crampton is perhaps chiefly remembered as a designer of locomotives and of railways, but he was also concerned with gas, water works and the submarine telegraph cable. He was the first to succeed in laying an effective telegraph cable under the English Channel.
There are a wealth of artefects displayed in dedictated galleries including:
The Broadstairs Gallery, introduced in 2006, focuses on the development of the town of Broadstairs, illustrated through vintage postcards and photographs.
New for 2011 is a 5inch gauge miniature railway on the museum site on which children can ride - weather permitting. This and other interactive displays make for an informative and entertaining visit for everyone - from families with children to historians and researchers.
The Museum is open from the third saturday in March until the last day of October. Opening can be arranged out of season and outside of normal hours for groups by prior arrangement. There is a small admission charge.
The Crampton Tower Museum wish to thank Thanet District Council and Broadstairs & St. Peter's Parish Town Council for their ongoing and invaluable support.
For more information about the services we provide, please feel free to contact us on 01843 871133.