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The Amelia Building

Tunbridge Wells

KAE at The Amelia

At Kent Adult Education, we are excited to deliver a range of courses at the new state of the art Amelia Scott building. From courses in Silversmithing & Jewellery to Creative Writing and Sculpture, our team are looking forward to showing you the brand-new equipment and facilities at The Amelia.

Opening times

Term time

Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

Outside of term time

Monday - Thursday 9am - 4.30pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

Saturday opening times vary, depending on which courses are running.

Facilities

In addition to Kent Adult Education, facilities at The Amelia include:

  • Library Services
  • Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery
  • Tourist Information
  • Cafe
  • Exhibitions

Getting there

On foot: Once you've arrived at the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Amelia Scott is fully accessible from all entrances and the Welcome Hall is most easily accessed from the main entrance on Civic Way.

Cycle: There are cycle racks located near the building.

Rail: The station is a 10 minute up-hill walk to The Amelia Scott or one stop on the bus.

Bus: Most of the bus services for Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre stop right outside The Amelia Scott at the Tunbridge Wells War Memorial or by Royal Victoria Place shopping centre.

Car: If you are travelling by car, The Amelia Scott is a short walk from Crescent Road car park which is well-signposted.

Find out more about The Amelia

Who was Amelia Scott?

The building is named after Amelia Scott, a social reformer and campaigner for women's suffrage. She lived and worked in Tunbridge Wells. Much of Amelia's social activism focused on the needs of the young, working class women and mothers. She was an official of Tunbridge Wells' non-militant women's suffrage society.

As a Poor Law Guardian, Amelia inspected the workhouse at Pembury. She raised awareness to the needs of new mothers, as well as those of workhouse inmates.

During the First World War, Amelia and her sister Louisa, became members of the committee set up to welcome and assist Belgian refugees. The King of Belgium awarded Amelia the Order of the Golden Palm for her work.

In 1919, Amelia Scott and Susan Power became the first women elected to the borough council of Tunbridge Wells. Amelia campaigned for the recruitment of women police and for better housing. She also appealed for the provision of services such as a museum and library.

Amelia retired in 1930 but continued her work in the community. She oversaw a local soup kitchen opened to help the unemployed population. She remained the Chair of the hospital committee at Pembury. Amelia wrote 'Passing of the Great Dread'. This focused on the transformation of the old workhouse into a modern hospital.

What is The Amelia?

The Amelia is an integrated service facility housing a range of arts heritage, culture and well-being services. Once open, the new Amelia will bring together Kent Adult Education, the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Kent Library Services, the Council's Gateway Services and tourist information.

The Amelia Project and it's goals

  • To champion unique collections and enhanced programming to become recognised as a centre for high quality cultural experiences
  • To actively pursue best and innovative practice in provision of specialist combined services
  • To create exceptional visitor experiences based on a commitment to outstanding customer service
  • To become a sustainable cultural entity

The Amelia

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The Amelia
Monson Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN1 2UG


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