As the first place where passengers arriving from Calais and Boulogne would pass through when setting foot on British soil, the Folkestone Customs House in the 19th century was a grand and impressive building, an epicentre of activity on the harbour.

The Urban Room is an opportunity to re-engage with this history and its past uses through a programme of discussion, debate and learning workshops to create a space that will hold the past in the present to learn and plan for the future of Folkestone.

URF: an arts events programme run as part of the Folkestone Triennial

We designed and developed the URF events website to run alongside the Folkestone Triennial 2017.

Diane Dever and The Decorators call attention to the site as the last surviving remnant of the old Customs House to bring about a new era of activity on the premises – within the retraced Customs House they host the Urban Room Folkestone.

Traces of conversations and activities are archived in the Urban Room library, a catalogue of knowledge including invited contributions from local residents, artists and those involved in the transformation of Folkestone.

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152 - 160 City Road, London


The Workshop
Folkestone, Kent CT20 1JU