We will reboot The Kaleidoscope as Sevenoaks' library, museum and gallery: making the most of the concept to make it work for the town like The Beaney for Canterbury, The Amelia for Tunbridge Wells, The Towner for Eastbourne. We will bring the name to life, bringing colour to the building, creating a presence in the town centre, and unlocking its potential to play a crucial role for the town. At present, the area "behind the high street" where The Kaleidoscope sits is underused and underloved. The original vision in 2006 was that The Kaleidoscope would help resolve this, but it too has been underloved. After Covid, it has never been more important to expand Sevenoaks town centre to incorporate this space. The original vision was for a colourful building, hung with banners and clearly named; for posters and signage and painted walkways to invite traffic and inspire imaginations. With a little money, we can bring this vision to life, and unlock the potential of this amazing asset.
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Why it's a great idea:
Rebooting The Kaleidoscope is about spending a tiny amount of money to unlock the impact of a huge amount of money that was spent back in 2006, but never leveraged. It will give visitors a major new reason to come to Sevenoaks, and to stay longer and spend more when they do. It will give local residents a new community asset. It will promote art and the imagination. It will create new volunteering and work opportunities, and provide a new space for education. Most importantly, it will in effect expand Sevenoaks town centre, bringing a long underloved area of town into its core.
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About the space
Kaleidoscope sphere of influence