2020 Projects

If you wish to be involved in any of the projects (or have an idea of your own) please contact Richard via contact us

Sittingbourne in the 1920s

          As part of Swale’s 1920s Weekend – A Celebration for the 20s, on 11th, 12th and 13th July, to investigate and celebrate all things 1920s.

Digitisation Project

To digitise over 4,000 local photographs, maps, microfilm, and 6,000 artefacts currently in the possession of the group…it will make them more accessible to researchers.

For more information click here.

Sittingbourne War Memorials Project – WW1 and WW2

The on-going research into nearly 4000 names commemorated locally on the war memorials of these 46 areas in scope:

Bapchild, Bobbing, Borden, Boughton under Blean, Bredgar, Davington, Doddington, Dunkirk, Eastchurch, Eastling, Faversham, Frinsted, Goodnestone, Graveney, Hartlip, Hernhill, Iwade, Leaveland, Leysdown, Lower Halstow, Luddenham, Lynsted, Milstead, Milton Regis, Minster, Murston, Newington, Newnham, Norton, Oare, Ospringe, Otterden, Queenborough, Rainham, Rodmersham, Selling, Sheerness, Sheldwich, Sittingbourne, Stalisfield, Stockbury, Teynham, Throwley, Tonge, Tunstall, and Upchurch.

If you have photos or stories of relatives who died or survived WW1 or WW2, and are from one of the above areas, we would be pleased to add their stories to our touch screen.

 To search for a name in our database click here.

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Paper Mills

Researching and collecting stories about the history of Lloyds and Bowaters Paper Mill, over the 300 years, that it influenced Sittingbourne, Milton Regis and Kemsley. This research will then be transformed into a book and touch screen story in our exhibition.

Bredhurst Archaeological Dig       

A project originally excavating the remains of a medieval manorial house dating back to the 13th century.  The finds assemblage chronologically spans from the Mesolithic period through to the 20th century.    

1940’s Diary      

Digitise, transcribe, research the diary of David Joyce who kept a diary throughout 1940. Once the research is complete, researchers will then decide how best to tell the story that David Joyce has left us.

Archaeological Finds Review  (Handling History)     

To examine more than 4000 archaeological finds which had been left in one of the old cells at Milton Regis Court Hall by the dissolved Sittingbourne and Swale Archaeological Research Group in the late twentieth century.  These finds need re-packaging, analysing, conserving, storing and presenting. A selection would be then available to display in the Heritage Hub in Sittingbourne, and other local heritage groups within the Swale Museum Group area. 

WW1 DVD  

Working in conjunction with local film animator Colin Harvey and other local groups we are proposing to produce a DVD to tell the story of the role played by the community and the significance that Swale played during WW1. 

This was ‘storyboarded’ and scripted in 2019.  Michael Peters has agreed to narrate it.   

Famous Local People

A timeline showing notable famous people who have walked our streets over the millennium of time. A few researchers would like to create a timeline of local famous people, which will also tell us a little bit about their lives.

Transcriptions of Burial, Birth, Marriage Records

Transcribing parish records from microfilm held in the HRGS research Archives.

A Stroll Through Time

Capturing the memories of two local historians.

We are currently working on recording their recollections of how life used to be in times gone by, both along Sittingbourne High Street and Milton Regis High Street.