Archive Searchroom and Enquiry Service Temporary Closure

The Kent Archive and Local History service will be temporarily closed between 9 December – 26 December 2019 inclusively to complete essential work on the collections.

Kent Archives service, based at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, will reopen both the archive searchroom and the remote enquiry service from 27 December 2019 after the Christmas holidays.  If you have an enquiry during that time, please wait to contact us until the 27 December when we will reopen both the searchroom and the enquiry service.

In 2017 Kent Archives launched its own website and integrated catalogue, enabling readers to find out more about our services and collections all in one place at

To make our collections more accessible archives staff and volunteers have been adding the details of collections previously only available as paper catalogues to our electronic catalogue. These collections predate the introduction of our electronic cataloguing software and its online counterpart.

The archive team have already been working for many months on this project, you may have seen the updates on the catalogue transfer project in our newsletter.

The next phase of this project is to enable readers to order documents directly from the online catalogue. The closure is necessary to allow all archives staff to be able to focus on this essential work to prepare archive collections and the local history rare books collection ready for online document ordering. Each collection, book, map and document must be added to the online catalogue, placed in archival packaging, barcoded and located.

Kent archive and local history service aims to make the collections in our care as widely accessible as possible, in the public search room at the Kent History and Library Centre, in Kent’s larger libraries, and through modern digital channels along with traditional skills of interpretation.  In doing so we aim to foster a sense of place, belonging and local identity among all Kent’s communities,  promote wellbeing through the doing and enjoyment of history, and to facilitate new paths of research into Kent’s history, for pleasure and publication throughout Kent and in the wider World.

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