Not to worry, there is so much to see in Canterbury we would need a second day anyway. We wandered through the streets and came to the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, a very interesting museum best described by quoting their website:
building takes its name from its benefactor, Dr James George Beaney, a Canterbury-born man of modest background who studied medicine before emigrating to Australia, where he found his success. Upon his death in 1891, Dr Beaney left money in his will to the
city of Canterbury to build an ‘Institute for Working Men’ with amenities for men from poor backgrounds such as his own. His patronage was fundamental in building the Beaney Institute: a new home for the Canterbury Royal Museum and Free Library,
now known as The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge”.
Before attacking the exhibits we had a coffee in the Beaney Café, where they served locally produced eco friendly fair trade vegetarian and vegan gluten free cakes and drinks in environmentally
friendly cups with free wi-fi. What more could you ask for? Yes, they would refill your water bottle free of charge too.
The museum itself was fascinating, all sorts of interesting and peculiar artefacts including a special display of the work
of Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate whose studio was nearby. It was a thrill to see the original Bagpuss, in a glass case in all his glory, alongside the Clangers and Noggin the Nog. Another stand had originals of Rupert Bear books and drawings,
for Mary Tourtel, the author, lived locally and is buried in St Martins Church (see below). Nearby was a temporary exhibition of Ladybird books and original artwork, bringing back many childhood memories.