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A 13th- and 16th-century flint and timber-framed building which was once a medieval hospital, Maison Dieu is now a museum housing Roman artefacts.
The Maison Dieu, part of a medieval hospital, contained a ‘camera regis’ – a lodging for royal visitors – from the reign of Henry III, who is seen as the founder of the hospital. For more than three centuries it was a considerable landmark along the pilgrim route to Canterbury and the Continent.
The remaining building now houses a village museum, thought to be the oldest in the country. The collections focus on the Maison Dieu foundation itself and its immediate neighbourhood, and on the extensive finds made during excavations at the main complex and an important Roman cemetery nearby.
Look out for The Wild Escape at museums and galleries in the next few months. Many have special events, or you can use our audio introduction to help children get involved at any cultural venue.
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The National Art Pass lets you enjoy free entry to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, while raising money to support them.