Archive Events

Kent Archives has several special events on offer for 2019.  For further information or bookings please call us on 03000 42 06 73 or email .

Brewing and Distilling in Faversham and Maidstone

18  July 6.30 p.m.

Archbishop’s Palace, Maidstone

Tickets £12  with some samples, booking advisable

Talks by John Owen (Archivist of Shepherd Neame Plc) on ‘The Brewing Business during the First World War, with specific reference to Shepherd Neame’, and Helen Vining (Proprietor of Maiden Distillery) on ‘Maidstone’s distilling heritage’.

Interval sampling of craft beers and gins in the company of Dave Berry (Head Brewer of Cellarhead Brewing) and Helen Vining  (Proprietor of Maiden Distillery) .

Make a Decorative Paper Notebook

5 August 1 – 2 p.m.

Kent History and Library Centre

Ticket £5 to cover the cost of material and booking is essential as places are strictly limited.

Learn to make a useful and attractive notebook in an hour.

Make a Leather Bound Notebook

19 August 1 – 2 p.m.

Kent History and Library Centre

Ticket £5 to cover the cost of material and booking is essential as places are strictly limited.

Made a robust and practical leather bound notebook.

“Lucit in Tenebris Veritas”: The Records of Kent’s Two Dioceses (A Day Conference)

28 September  10 a.m.

Kent History and Library Centre

Ticket: £12 to include a buffet lunch, booking essential

Kent Archives is holding a one-day conference to mark the recent consolidation of the archives of Kent’s two ecclesiastical dioceses, Rochester and Canterbury, under one roof at the Kent History and Library Centre. To promote it, we are adopting the Latin motto of the seventeenth-century notary public William Somner, whose penwork can be found in contemporary documents found among the archives. Lucit in tenebris veritas, meaning ‘the truth shines in darkness’, expounds the effect we hope our speakers will have: that is, by exploring some of the rich diversity of material found in these collections they will shed light – where perhaps there was previously darkness – on a range of topics relevant to people interested in different sorts of history, including family, local, cultural, and ecclesiastical. Documents from both collections will be on display

Papers by Ken Fincham (University of Kent) on the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, Catherine Richardson (University of Kent) on the early modern household, Timothy Brittain-Catlin (University of Kent), on Queen Anne’s Bounty, Celia Heritage (Ancestry Progenealogists) on Wills and Probate Records for the family historian, Sheila Sweetinburgh (Canterbury Christ Church University) on lay piety in late medieval Kent and Paula Woolf (Trinity College Cambridge) on the involvement of women in early modern disputes over tithe

Maidstone on Film

9 October  7 p.m.

Archbishop’s Palace, Maidstone

Tickets £10  includes refreshments, booking advisable

This special programme takes us on an archive film tour of Maidstone and district from the 1930s to the 1960s. The films, all drawn from the collection of Screen Archive South East, feature the parade of Maidstone Industries led by the Mayor of Maidstone Councillor G. Tyrwhitt Drake (c. 1930), auctioneers at work at the livestock market (1932), the River Medway and its course through Aylesford Bridge, Allington Lock and East Farleigh (c. 1935), a visit to Harold Potter, the miller at Chegworth Watermill (1946), the Kent Show of 1951 in colour at Mote Park, the work of the Maidstone and District Motor Services and street scenes and landmarks from the 1960s. Many of these films have never been seen before in public. SASE works in partnership with Kent Archives to collect, preserve, digitise, research and promote moving images made in Kent and the region. This show is presented by SASE and Kent Archives and Dr Frank Gray of SASE provides it with a commentary.