Museums

 

Friends of Milton Court Hall Museum

Website

Address: High Street, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent
Telephone: For further information contact Paul David, 01795 471876      
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 1 mile / 5 mins 

Open:
5th, 6th and 7th December 2014

 

 

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

The museum is the oldest established and largest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country.

Website

Address: Aerodrome Road, Hawking, Nr. Folkestone, Kent, CT18 7AG
Telephone: 01303 893140              
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 43 miles / 51 mins

 

Kent Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Website

Address: St. Peter's Place, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DA
Telephone: 01227 785625
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 16 miles / 31 mins.

Opening hours: 
Mon - Fri, 10:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 /
1st and 3rd Saturdays, May to September, 11:00 - 14:00

Click here to view a film about the museum and library.

 

Kent Police Museum

The history of the Kent Police Force from its start through to modern times.

Website

Address: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent. ME4 4TZ
Telephone: 01634 403260
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 11 miles / 22 mins

 

Maison Dieu Museum, Ospringe

Website

Address: Ospringe Street, Ospringe, Kent
Telephone: For group bookings please call 01795 532755   
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 7 miles / 14 mins

Opening hours:
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm, from Easter Bank Holiday to the end of October.

 

Maidstone Museum

Website

Address: St.Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Telephone: 01622 602838      
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 12 miles / 18 mins

Opening hours:
Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.15
Sunday 11.00 - 16.00
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

 

Museum of Kent Life

Come and explore 28 acres of fun for every generation, from hands-on activities forkids to age-old farming traditions.

Website

Address: Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU
Telephone: 01622 763936     
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 12 miles / 21 mins

Opening Times:
Summer Season: 2 Apr to 6 Nov
Weekends & Holidays - 10am to 6pm, last admissions 5pm
Weekdays - 10am to 5pm, last admissions 4pm
Winter Season: 7 Nov to 31 Mar 2011
Open Daily
10am to 4pm, last admissions 3pm.
Closed Christmas Day (25 Dec), Boxing Day (26 Dec) and New Years Day (1 Jan)

 

RNLI, Chatham

Website

Address: Lifeboat!, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ
Telephone: 01634 823800              
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 10 miles / 20 mins

Opening hours:

Monday - Sunday including bank holidays
12 Feb - 30 Oct: 10am - 6pm (or dusk if earlier)
Nov: weekends only, 10am - 4pm
Dec and Jan: closed

 

Royal Engineers' Museum

Website

Address: The Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME4 4UG
Telephone: 01634 822839   

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays - 11.30am to 5.00pm
Closed - Monday, Christmas week and New Years Day

Click here to view a film about the Royal Engineers' Museum.

 

Sittingbourne Heritage Museum

Website

Address: 67 East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent
Contact: Allen Whitnell, Chairman  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 0 miles / 5 mins

Open hours:
Saturdays

 

Tenterden and District Museum

Website

Address: Station Rd, Tenterden. TN30 6NH
Telephone: 01580 764310
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 29 miles / 53 mins

 


 

Archives & Repositories

 

Canterbury Cathedral Archive

Website

Address:  Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH
Telephone: 01227 865330     
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Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday Closed (except for special classes and group tours)
Saturday (1st and 3rd in the month) 9am - 1pm
Regular closures include all Public Holidays, and Cathedral Schools Day (usually the 2nd Tuesday in November). In addition we are closed in January (usually the second fortnight) for stocktaking.

 

Kent History and Library Centre (Formerly The Centre for Kentish Studies (CKS))

Website

Address: Kent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LQ
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Opening hours:
Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday - 10.00am - 5.00pm
Friday - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am - 1.00pm (2nd & 4th of the month)

 

East Kent Archives Centre

Address: Enterprise Zone, Honeywood Road, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EH
Telephone: 01304 829306              
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Opening hours:
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday Closed

 

Historic Environment Record

The Historic Environment Record (formerly known as the Sites and Monuments Record), is an extensive collection of information relating to Kent's heritage. The database contains information about 20,000 archaeological discoveries and 17,000 listed buildings, landscapes, excavations and library sources. The HER also contains more than 4,000 archaeological reports as well as aerial photographs and maps.

The HER can be viewed online but the aerial photographs and reports are only available at County Hall in Maidstone. If you would like to visit, please book an appointment, at least 2 days in advance as space is limited, by either phone or email.

Website

Address: Heritage Conservation Group, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XX

Telephone: 01622 696919
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Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne Research Room

Website

Address: HRGS Archive, Phoenix House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4BX
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Marden History Group & Heritage Centre

Website

Address: Marden Library and Heritage Centre, High Street, Marden, Kent, TN12 9DP
Telephone: Mr David McFarland 01622 832295
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday 1.15pm to 6.00pm
Thursday 1.15pm to 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am to 1.30pm
Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm

 

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Address: Civic Centre, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4AU
Telephone: 01634 332714              
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Opening hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday 09.00-17.00
Tuesday 09.00-18.00
Wednesday Closed
Saturday 09.00-16.00
Stocktaking first two full weeks in November annually

 

Sittingbourne Library

Library Catalogue

Address: Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4AH
Telephone: 01795 476545 / 01795 477041     
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Opening hours:
Sunday Closed
Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm

 

 

Local Groups and Societies

 

Charing and District Local History Society

The Charing and District Local History Society has around 100 members living in Charing and the surrounding parishes. The main activity is a monthly lecture programme on a wide range of historical subjects, usually including talks on recently completed historical research by experts from around the county.

Telephone: Society Secretary, Sarah Pearson 01233 712772              

 

DKR Surveys

DKR Surveys is an amateur organisation undertaking geophysical surveys in Kent. DKR can be contacted through the HRGS.

 

Kent Archaeological Field School

Website

Address: Kent Archaeological Field School School, Farm Oast, Graveney Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8UP
Telephone: 01795 532548 or 07885 700112

 

Kent Archaeological Society

The society publishes a quarterly magazine, a copy of which goes into our library, containing news and views.

Website

Telephone: Philip Lawrence on 01622 871945     

 

Lynsted with Kingsdown Society

The Society is keen to study and promote the Parish through events, both educational and social, and by sharing resources. There are plans to make those resources widely available (including to the local primary school and library). Areas of interest include social history, history of buildings, archaeology, countryside habitat, traditional crafts and skills, folklore, place names, genealogy and much more.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Parish, including those who once lived here and who use the Society Website as one means of keeping in touch. Membership forms can be printed from the Website or requested from the Society Membership Secretary.

Website

Address: Membership Secretary, Kevin Barrett (Beggars Roost, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RL)

 

Marden History Group & Heritage Centre

Website

For further information contact: Mr David McFarland
Address: Marden Library and Heritage Centre, High Street, Marden, Kent, TN12 9DP
Telephone: 01622 832295       
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday 1.15pm to 6.00pm
Thursday 1.15pm to 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am to 1.30pm
Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm

 

The Rodmersham Society

Formed initially to raise funds for St Nicholas' Church, Rodmersham, in 2005.

Telephone: John Fisher 424952 or Jenny Radcliffe, Tel: 01795 471703       

 

Sheppey Family History Club

Website

 

Sittingbourne Family History Society

For further information contact: Mr K.F. Lainton,
Address: Algarve House, 140 Borden Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8HW

 

The Sittingbourne Society

The Society’s main objectives are to keep a watchful eye on planning and development schemes in the town, to seek the preservation of the best architecture and buildings of historic interest and to press for improvements to the environment and essential amenities. The Society is a registered charity and participates in the town’s social activities and organises functions for its members.

Telephone: Michael Baldwin, 01795 423288    

 


 

Libraries

 

Canterbury Cathedral Library

Website

Address: Canterbury Cathedral Library, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH
Telephone: 01227 865287     
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Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday Closed (except for special classes and group tours)
Saturday (1st and 3rd in the month) 9am - 1pm
Regular closures include all Public Holidays, and Cathedral Schools Day (usually the 2nd Tuesday in November). In addition we are closed in January (usually the second fortnight) for stocktaking.

 

Kent Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Website

Address: St. Peter's Place, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DA
Telephone: 01227 785625
Approximate Distance From Sittingbourne: 16 miles / 31 mins.

Opening hours: 
Mon - Fri, 10:00 - 12:00    14:00 - 16:00 / 1st and 3rd Saturdays, May to September, 11:00 - 14:00 

Click here to view a film about the museum and library.

 

Minster in Sheppey Library

Address: Worcester Close, Sheerness, Kent ME12 3NP
Telephone: 01795 872363

 

Sittingbourne Library

Library Catalogue

Address: Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4AH
Telephone: 01795 476545 / 01795 477041
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening hours:
Sunday Closed
Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm 

 


 

Newspapers

East Kent Gazette Newspaper

1855 - present day
1857 to 2008 issues of the East Kent Gazette are available to view on microfiche at Sittingbourne Library.

 

Kent Messenger Newspaper

Website

Formerly the Maidstone Telegraph, first published in 1859.
The Kent Messenger Group also own The Kentish Gazette, formerly The Kentish Post, first published in 1717.

Timeline  
1717 Kentish Gazette was founded
1855  Kentish Express was established
1859  Maidstone Telegraph was launched
1884  Barham Pratt Boorman started the Kent Examiner & The Ashford Chronicle
1890  The Maidstone Telegraph was acquired by Barham Pratt Boorman. The Ashford Chronicle and the Maidstone Telegraph are now part of the Kent Messenger
1928  Henry Roy Pratt Boorman succeeded as the Editor on his father's death
1959 Edwin R P Boorman began his career with the Company
1968 Evening Post was launched in the Medway towns
1971 Kentish Express joined the Group
1980 Kentish Gazette, Herne Bay Press and East Kent Mercury joined the Group
1981  The first Extra was launched in Thanet
1987  Sheeness Times Guardian and Faversham News joined the Group
1992  Evening Post was re-named Kent Today
1993  Kent Business was launched
1995  Dartford & Swanely Informer joined the Group
1998  Gravesend Messenger, Dover Mercury, Adsmart and Kent & Sussex Auto Weekly were launched
1999  Sittingbourne edition of KM was launched, Medway edition of Kent Today re-named Medway Today and TLR (Thanet Local Radio) joined the group
2000 Internet site sales began
2001  CTFM (Canterbury radio) and Neptune (radio station in Folkestone and Dover) joined the group
2002  Mercury Medway (Medway radio) and Mercury 96.2 & 101.6 FM (Tonbridge Radio) joined the group and were renamed KM-fm for Medway and KM-fm for West Kent respectively. CTFM was renamed KM-fm for Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
2003  TLR was renamed KM-fm for Thanet, Neptune was renamed KM-fm for Folkestone, Dover and Deal and Medway Messenger was launched 0n 7th April.
2004  Sevenoaks Extra was launched on April 23rd, Bexley Extra was launched on May 7th and in August JICREG confirmed KMG titles had a joint weekly readership of over 1 million people at 1,050,000. KM-fm for Folkestone, Dover and Deal was renamed KM-fm for Shepway and Whitecliffs Country and Bromley Extra was launched on August 20th.


The following issues are available to view at Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone:
1906-1910, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1917-1926, 1929-1939, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946-1950.

 

Sheerness Times / Sheerness Guardian

1858 - present day
Microfilmed copies of the Sheerness Times and Sheerness Guardian are available to view at Sheerness Library.  

Some of these have been indexed and can be viewed online at Rootsweb.