Digital plaques revealing Thanet’s rich history

One of the new plaques Photo Brian Whitehead

A new series of digital plaques revealing Thanet’s historical tales have been installed across the isle

The plaques give a snippet of information and invite people to enter a code to learn more about that location and details of a historical figure and/or films, audio and images before discovering more locations associated with the plaque

The Digital Interpretation Plaques have been developed as part of the Coastal Community funded Discover Thanet Coast’s Project. ​

Thanet council tourism staff, town councils, isle groups and societies have helped with the project including providing valuable stories, photographs, film and more.

Photo Visit Ramsgate

Find the plaques:

St Mildred’s Bay – Telling the story of the Royal Air Service Station and development of Manston airfield

Nayland Rock Shelter – Telling the story of TS Eliot writing part of ‘The Waste Land’ here

Turner’s Margate – The story of Turner and his love of Margate

Margate Lido – Explore sea bathing and the grandeur of the former Lido site

Joss Bay -Smuggling tales, including that of Joss Snelling

Dickens’ Broadstairs – Dickens’ connection to his favourite holiday destination

Italianate Glasshouse – Explore the story behind the Greenhouse, why it’s there and the fabulous blooming agave

Pugin’s Grange –  To signify Pugin’s importance to Ramsgate,plus explore the importance of Pegwell Bay’s nature designations, history and geology

Viking Ship ‘Hugin’ – Communicating the story of the ship

Minster Abbey – The story of the Abbey


  1. Great idea but could they not have put something like a QR code you can scan with your phone rather than having to type each one? There is probably room on each to still add one.

  2. I’m sure some of the participants worked really hard on this and I appreciate their enthusiasm but surely it is time for some joined up thinking on all these plaques? Now we have blue plaques, military heritage trail plaques and now these as well. Surely it would have been better to have one system for all plaques rather than lots of confusing ones?

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