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“Herbs, Prayer and Healing”

Mediæval Experience Day

Photo: Jasmine Patience

The perfect afternoon activity for the Summer holidays!

Step back in time to meet Mediæval characters who visited, lived and worked at the Hospital of Blessed Mary of Ospringe, the Maison Dieu.






Photo: Ray Godfrey


Photo: Jo Houston            

Discover how herbs and prayer were used for healing the sick, wounded, and those with disabilities when they stayed at the hospital, on Pilgrimage or as residents.

Friday 16th August 1pm– 4pm

Maison Dieu Museum, 2 Water Lane, Ospringe ME13 8TS

Admission: Adults £3, Concessions £1.50
(sorry, we cannot take credit/debit cards at present)

Free admission for children accompanied by an adult

Furthering the Accentuate History of Place Project

In conjunction with Kids in Museums Teen Digital Takeover

For further information regarding this event please email:



Mediæval Experience Day – Nautical Festival.

Step back in time to meet Mediæval characters and discover how important Faversham Creek and the Westbrook were to Ospringe from Roman times.

Photo: Jim Reid

Saturday 6th July
10.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00
(Also normal opening 14.00 – 17.00)

Maison Dieu Museum, 2 Water Lane, Ospringe ME13 8TS
Admission: Adults £3, Concessions £1.50
(sorry, we cannot take credit/debit cards at present)
Free admission for children accompanied by an adult

In conjunction with the 7th Annual Nautical Festival organised by the
Faversham Creek Trust Info:

Come and visit our stall at the Nautical Festival on Sunday 7th July.

Maison Dieu Museum Trust at House of Commons

Hon Curator Ann Wilkinson and Trustee Jasmine Patience at the House of Commons

Trustee Jasmine Patience and Hon Curator Ann Wilkinson attended an Afternoon Tea at the House of Commons last week in recognition of their work with the Accentuate History of Place project. This final event of the three year project was hosted by Damian Collins MP, Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The Maison Dieu Museum is one of only 8 buildings chosen from hundreds in Britain to take part in the project which explores the stories of deaf and disabled people over 800 years of history.

The Accentuate History of Place project has produced an interactive digital experience “The Story of Helen” which explores the lives of Mediæval pilgrims and workers at the Hospital of St Mary – the Maison Dieu. This is ground-breaking for a Faversham museum.

The Maison Dieu was also in pride of place as part of the “Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building Design” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London during 2018 which attracted over 145,000 visitors.

Although the project has come to an end, the Trust will continue to support representation and employment of deaf and disabled people in culture in the future, and exciting new projects are planned.

Mediæval Experience Day

Mediæval Experience Day

Thursday 25th October 2018 at The Maison Dieu Museum
10-30am – 4.30pm

Bring the family to experience life in the Middle Ages. Step back in time where preparations are being made for the Royal visit, and taste the life of the Pilgrims and the poor needing care at the hospital. Meet Mediæval characters who will tell you a tale from Chaucer; design a Mediæval tile or Pilgrimage badge; play games or fast forward in time to “excavate” some artefacts. You may even bump into a Knight!
Have a day out with the family during the school holidays. There is something for all ages in the Middle Ages!
Morning session 10.30 – 13.00 & Afternoon session 14.00 – 16.30
Ticket prices are: Adults £5 Children £2.50 per session (children must be accompanied by an adult) and they will be available on the door. (Sorry, we can only take cash or cheque with bankers card)

Lunches are available – including a children’s menu (£5.95) – from The Ship Inn, 12 Ospringe Street ME13 8TL. (Car Park) Please book in advance by phone: 01795 532408 but please note that lunch is not included in the ticket price. 

Souvenirs and gifts will be on sale but please note that only cash or cheques with bankers card can be accepted for payments at the Maison Dieu Museum as there are no payment card facilities on site.


Welcome to the Maison Dieu Museum Trust

Believed to be the oldest village museum in Britain, the Maison Dieu was originally a mediaeval hospital, and many of our Kings and Queens stayed here on their visits to Canterbury, Sandwich and Dover. Ospringe is steeped in Roman history and the Maison Dieu houses exquisite Roman and Mediaeval collections discovered locally.