Calendar

May
21
Tue
SHM AGM – The Battle of Kohima
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

For your Tomorrow, We gave our Today: when 500 soldiers of the Royal West Kent’s were deployed into Kohima to stop the advance of a Japanese Division of 12,000 men and thus saved India from Japanese occupation.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Jun
12
Wed
The Fair Maid of Kent
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

James talk will feature Joan the Fair Maid of Kent, said to have been the most beautiful woman in England, and her family and how that family overlapped in a significant way with another branch of the English Royal family. The talk will concentrate more on domestic matters than military or political although the latter cannot entirely be excluded.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Jun
29
Sat
Peace Day Celebrations!
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This event is being organised 100 years and 1 day after the official signing of the Treaty of Versailles. 100 years ago the people celebrated peace and the end of the First World War, and we would like to mark this occasion by having a parade along Sittingbourne High Street.

If you would like to join us in any way,  we would love to hear from you. All those taking part will receive a Peace Commemoration pin badge.

Please register via Eventbrite your interest.

The event will include:

* Approx 40 banners carried by two people. Each banner with the names of men from each parish/church + plus extras from town memorials AND those not on any local memorial, who were born, lived, schooled or died of that parish.

* Individual names/photos carried by any relatives who are able to take part, or researcher who wishes to remember that name.

* Re-enactors as nurses and wounded – as they did in the 1919 procession

* Re-enactors as WW1 soldiers

* Representatives of Red Cross / St John’s Ambulance Brigade / Scouts / Cadets etc

* Marching bands

* Children carrying flags and placards giving all names of the main countries that were Allies during the war (22 in the 1919 procession):

England / Scotland / Wales / Ireland / France / Belgium / Italy / Russia / Nepal / Portugal / United States / Canada / Australia / New Zealand / India / South Africa / Greece / Serbia / Romania (all had 20,000+ casualties)

 

Jul
17
Wed
Sheppey’s Admiral
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

This illustrated talk will concentrate on the life and times of the 18th century admiral Sir William Parker who was born in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey. At the start of his career he was assistant to James Cook and the exploration of Newfoundland.

Come along and find out more about this local historical figure.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

 

Sep
17
Tue
HRGS AGM and. Royston Grange
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Royston Grange was a British cargo liner. On 11th May 1972 the ship collided with another in dense fog a few miles from Uruguay. Jerry will bring this story alive and tell us about the consequences of the collision.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Oct
10
Thu
Boaters, Blackouts and Codswallop
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Story of West Street, Sittingbourne in 10 Thingamajigs.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Nov
14
Thu
The History of East Street Sittingbourne
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This will be an illustrated virtual walk down East Street Sittingbourne in the past taking in the alms houses, the inns, the coachbuilders, the Wesleyan School and the chapel. A look at the shops and hearing the stories of some of the families who made up the lively community there.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

 

Dec
5
Thu
Christmas social event and talk A Kent Christmas
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Geoff is a local author, and will talk about past customs and folklore behind traditional celebrations at Christmas and New Year in Kent.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.