About us

Our aim is to investigate, record and promote the history of Sittingbourne and the local area by research, study, education and publication.

We believe that History is the Glue that holds Communities Together

The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne is a non-profit making organisation, set up in 2004, by a group of local volunteer historians. 

The members of the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) share a passion for history, in particular for our local heritage. We run group research projects and support members with their individual research interests. Many of our members are actively involved with archaeology and we hold various events and digs throughout the year.

The Heritage Hub’ in The Forum, Sittingbourne, showcases the results of our research into World War One and our archaeological digs. It is run by volunteers and is open:       Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm.

These are normal opening hours but may be subject to change, and can be opened at other times by appointment.

There is a Research Room, available to our members, which contains a large collection of local resources, including documents, microfilms,  photographs and maps, as well as its own local history and archaeology library.

We publish research articles ten times a year, written by local people for local people, in our magazine called ‘The Archive’. To learn more about us, please visit our Facebook, or pick up a copy of  “The Archive” or pop in and have a chat with our volunteers.

All of our work is carried out by volunteers.  

With over 30,000 hours of time clocked up in 2018, the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne ‘Heritage Team’ volunteers are at the heart of what we do. We carry out local heritage investigations by documentary and archaeological research.  Much of this work is then published and or presented both visually and orally to the community via our exhibition centre, known as The Heritage Hub.

We wish to thank all our volunteers and appreciate the time and effort they put in.  Their work and enthusiasm is appreciated and celebrated  as can be seen below.  We also always welcome all offers from volunteers.  There is always work to be done and whatever your skills and whatever time you can give, we can find something for you to help and enjoy doing.  Call into the Heritage Hub and have a chat with us.  

HRGS 2019-2020 Committee

"One of the best things that has happened in the last 25 years in Sittingbourne was the establishment of HRGS” [to research the fantastic history of the area].

Bill Croydon, past President of HRGS and former CEO, Swale Borough Council.