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- Dive in to maritime history and explore the town. The fascinating displays give townspeople and visitors an idea of why Whitstable is here, how it grew and how it has changed over the years. Its unique seafaring history is explored, incuding oyster fishing, diving and shipbuilding. Discover local stories of seaside, floods, the world's first passenger steam railway, shopping, industries, newspaper cartoon characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, and memorabilia of famous resident Peter Cushing. See the big red fire engine, sit at a Victorian school desk and hunt for fossil sharks teeth! Changing exhibitions on varied themes plus regular events. Special activities for schools and groups.