Archive Events

Christmases Recalled: Readings from the Kent Archives 

This film is a words and music compilation:  the words taken from archival documents in our collections that reference Christmas; the music, a set of carols performed by Kent folk singer Paul Carbuncle.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas

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.

Writing Family History: The Sidneys of Penshurst

4 November 2019

Location: Kent History and Library Centre

Time: 10am to 5pm

Price: free

How does quill power, the process of writing by hand, forge connections across time and space? Join Professor Alison Findlay (Lancaster University) and expert calligrapher Els Van Den Steen (Cinque Ports Scribes) to find out how Shakespeare’s contemporaries, the men and women of Penshurst Place, used letters, plays, adventure stories and poems to make their mark and shape the history of their family.

Learn how to read the unique documents on display and how to write as the Sidneys did with quills and ink. Find out what watermarks, binding and decoration of manuscripts can tell us; watch extracts from performances to discover how female-authored plays cast new light on work by Shakespeare that you study at school or college or enjoy on stage. The day of workshops and informal talks at Kent History and Library Centre uncovers a fascinating family history of writers from the region, whose home Penshurst Place, you can still visit to discover more.

Find out more about the Sidney family via the Future Learning website.