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East Kent Archives Centre. (Whitfield, Dover)

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. (by appointment only)
(Updated February 14th, 2001).

This new facility has combined many holdings previously held at various libraries in East Kent including some of those at Margate, Ramsgate, Dover and Folkestone. It includes Borough and District Council records for Deal, Dover, Margate, New Romney, Sandwich, Eastry, Elham, and Walmer. There are other records relating to the Cinque Ports, The National Union of Coal Miners, The National Coal Board, The Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Royal Sea Bathing Hospital Margate and certain shipping records including the Dover Harbour Board. This is not a complete listing and you should contact the Centre for complete details.

Kent County Archives. (The Centre for Kentish Studies)

County Hall is very close to The Maidstone East mainline railway station. If you get off the train here, exit onto Station Road and turn left up the hill to the Corner of Week Street. County Hall will be opposite you on County Road.

An appointment and a readers ticket is required. If this Archives Office is as helpful as the one at Canterbury Cathedral and you do not already have a readers ticket, ensure that you take two passport size photographs with you and they are sure to be able to make you out a ticket immediately.

Opening hours:
Tues. - Fri. 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
(except Thursday when the opening time is 10.00 a.m.)
and the second and fourth Saturday of each month 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

In very general terms, the Centre for Kentish Studies holds most of the original records for the Diocese of Rochester and therefore the parishes in West Kent. They also carry microfilm copies of Non-Anglican Registers and Transcripts that are now held at the PRO. It should be noted that as more records are being copied to microfilm, it is quite possible that the Centre at Maidstone will have film of some of the original records held at Canterbury. Particularly if you have limited time when visiting England, make sure you check for the records you will need before a visit, it might save you having to travel to both Archives. Also, be sure to book an appointment.

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

Located on the first floor (second floor if you're from North America!) of the Clock Tower Building at the Civic Centre in Strood.

Opening hours:
Mon. 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Tues. 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Wed. Closed for research (although there are often seminars held on Wednesdays)
Thurs. & Fri. 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

and the first and third Saturday of each month 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

Large collections relating specifically to the Medway Towns of Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham and Strood. They hold some of the Census returns of these Towns although I believe Gillingham's returns are still at the local reference library. As with other centres, if you want to check a particular item, them I recommend contacting them before you go and at the same time, book an appointment. Most of these centres can get very busy at times.


Details of other Kent Archives can be found here
Details of Kent Libraries can be found here
Details of many local Kent Libraries can be found here

Canterbury Cathedral Archives.

The Archives are located just through the exit from the East side of the Cloisters. The Cloisters are on the opposite side of the Cathedral from the main entrance in The Burgate. There is now an entrance fee to visit the Cathedral but if you already have a reader's card and an appointment the fee is not charged. A reader's card is required, if you do not already have one, make sure you take two passport sized photographs with you to your first appointment.

The address and telephone number is:

These are details of the opening times but always telephone before you visit. There are, very occasionally, special events taking place at the Cathedral when these facilities might have to close for the day because of access. In addition, there is limited space and although the staff is very helpful when trying to fit visitors in, if they are full you could be disappointed:

Monday - Thursday 0900 - 1700
Friday Closed (other than for special classes and group tours)
Saturday Open on the 1st and 3rd of each month from 0900 - 1300
Sunday Closed

The Archives are also closed for:
Statuary Public Holidays, Easter Saturday, Cathedral Schools Day (which is usually the 2nd Tuesday in November) and the first fortnight of the New Year (when stocktaking takes place).

As is the case for the County Archives at Maidstone and very general terms, the Cathedral Archives carries most of the original records for the Diocese of Canterbury and therefore the parishes in East Kent. It should be noted that as more records are being copied to microfilm, it is quite possible that the Canterbury will have film of some of the original records held at Maidstone. Particularly if you have limited time when visiting England, make sure you check for the records you will need before a visit, it might save you having to travel to both Archives. Also, be sure to book an appointment.



The Buffs Museum.

The Buffs - The East Kent Regiment - are no more. However, wherever in the World there are people from East Kent and they happen to see someone slip or stumble, there will still be heard the automatic and inbred statement uttered of "Steady the Buffs!".

More information on The Buffs for genealogists or those with an interest in this particular Regiment which includes names of individuals having served in the Regiment.

The Buffs Museum is located inside the Beaney Institute and Library in Canterbury High Street. It's on the first floor if you come from the British Isles, the second floor if you come from North America and I'm not sure what the Australian or New Zealand equivalent is - suffice it to say, you'll be upside down!

The address and telephone number is: