Remembering the WW1 fallen
Listed this month. See their names. Perhaps see an ancestor?
HRGS Bringing History Alive

Outstanding News – HRGS Receives the QAVS

The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) and the volunteers who run the Heritage Hub, have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for ‘Promoting local history through research, exhibitions, events and publications’. The award is the equivalent of an MBE to voluntary groups. Nationwide a total of 230 groups were recognised for the accolade, and HRGS are one of only four volunteer organisations from across Kent to receive one this year.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

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Swale Memorial Databases

HRGS has published its WW2 Database of men, women and children, who fell during WW2. THey are either commemorated on a memorial within the district of Swale or have a local connection.

This is an addition to its WW1 Database.

New Release On Sale Now 

A new book by local man Ernest Slarks
‘Onward Christian Soldier’ 
Available to in our shop to download price £6

This 200 page book tells the life story of an ordinary man who was born in Milton Regis, Kent, and his journey through the Second World War with an evocative account of his childhood in Kent and his war experiences, both joyful and stressful.
£4 from each sale will be donated to charities nominated by Ernest, split equally between Action for Children & Cancer Research UK.



Due to the coronavirus we feel it is prudent to make the following decisions:
  • The Heritage Hub and research rooms are closed, until further notice.
  • We are though still available to answer enquiries, via our Contact Us page.
  • Regarding our joint talks with Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, these are suspended, until further notice.
  • The Archive will continue to be produced each month, and will be sent out electronically. Those who have paid for postage will still continue to receive it by post. Those who currently collect their Archive at The Hub or at Talks, will be distributed via email. You will still be able to collect your paper copy of The Archive, when we re-open..
  • The Archaeological Field Unit has suspended all digs, until further notice.
We will review the situation as the news is updated.
We have made this decision as a precaution to protect our volunteers, members, visitors and family members to help keep us all safe and as healthy as possible.

History is the glue that holds communities together….

so let’s hang in there and keep researching!

Keep safe…

Thank you to all NHS and support workers!