Thomas Paine Exhibition

Our summer temporary exhibition is about Thomas Paine, one time resident of Sandwich, revolutionary thinker and all-round trouble maker.

From his cottage in New Street, Sandwich, Paine travelled to France and America and actively engaged in the political rebirth of these nations.

If you want to find out

Why does he have a reputation as the maker of ladies lingerie?
How did he escape the Guillotine in Paris?
How successful he really was?
or what the mysterious circumstances were surrounding his death….. visit the exhibition to find out.

Wednesday-Sunday 10.00-16.00.

Troublesome Tom: On Becoming a Paine

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition on Thomas Paine we will be hosting a free lecture on 5th June, 7pm by the curator of the exhibition Robert E Dunay.

The Guildhall will open its doors at 6.15 to allow visitors to visit the Thomas Paine exhibition and purchase wine and soft drinks prior to the lecture. All proceeds go directly to supporting the Museum and Archives.

The lecture is free but places are restricted so please register with our Visitor Information Centre either at the Guildhall building, on 01304 617197 or at