Please explore the various links and we're sure you will enjoy the
Share those memories with future generations -
email us !
see "Your Questions"
"A Look at
Key Street's Past"
with drawings by Peter Judges
and text by Helen Allinson
"The Spicer Homes"
by John Clancy
See the "Shop" page for list of items and publications available.
Our Local History Study Group meets each month to research such topics.
Whats on ?
Our 2014 program of
talks is also open to non-members, held at Phoenix House. (except
those marked *) :
Talks / Lectures:
*Mon 8th Sept 7pm "Lives of Vagrants, Gypsies & Travellers in Kent" -
Thurs 11th Sept 7.00pm "Gramps War" - a personal story of the Great War
by Bronwen Sadler
*Wed 15th Oct Funny Funerals, Weird Wills & Eccentric Epitaphs - Cyril
Baldwin, URC Hall
Thur 16th Oct 7.00pm The Great Exhibition by Anne Carter
Tue 18th Nov 7.00pm "Nor the Years Condemn" War Memorials by Peter Ewart
*Wed 19th Nov (another chance to hear) - Gramps War - URC Hall
Thur 11th Dec 7.00pm "A History of Children's Literature - Helen
An appeal for 2014:
We really do need volunteers to help man the museum for three hours on a
Saturday perhaps once or twice a year!
Please contact the secretary - training will be given (email is best!)
27 and 27a High Street, 1960s
what's happening, latest news and events open to members and non-members
find us on
A summary of what we hope to accomplish for the town's
Many many enquiries from visitors to this web site, with
answers supplied by other readers, or by our members. Subjects such as
genealogy, street & buildings, WWII, schools, industry, origins of the
See what we have for sale either in the museum shop or by mail
Donald Dean factsheet
The Romans in Sittingbourne
Bronze Age Artifacts
The Bell Founders
passengers from Sittingbourne
100 years ago !Two known town residents were on the ship.
One survived, one didn't !
CSI in the Forum welcomes 10,000th visitor
See also the project
blog for latest news.
Click here to find answers to some Frequently
Asked Questions !
Torry Hill, nr Milsted
The museum is now open every Saturday from
10am to 4pm. For groups, you may have also access by
appointment, and of course you may visit us three days a week in the Forum at the Anglo-Saxon CSI
exhibition and conservation workshop. You are welcome to come and see our displays and have an opportunity
to talk about Sittingbourne’s heritage. Admission is free,
though donations are always welcome, however small.
If you live away from Sittingbourne, why not keep in contact by becoming a
Overseas memberships are now available - see members
Charity No. 1070698
Anglo Saxon grave finds at The Meads
Digging pug (brickfields)
New Road, Milton
We aim to preserve and display the heritage of
Sittingbourne through artefacts, photographs and documents.
seek to promote interest in the history of Sittingbourne through our
quarterly journal, free to members; by holding illustrated lectures as
well as providing a service to schools and running our website.
We hope that you like our web site and find it useful. We
will be improving it all the time and welcome your suggestions and
comments. Please Contact Us if there
is anything you would like to see on the web-site, or if there is
something which you have that may be of interest to the museum.
for a page of YOUR questions and answers.
the Foresters arms, Berry Street
Copies are still available of our publication:
‘The Story of Gore
and Estate, Tunstall’
This beautiful booklet is
fully illustrated in colour and tells the story of the house and estate from
the 14th century to the purchase by the Council and its
conversion into King George’s Playing Field.
Copies may be
The Museum, (on
Saturdays when open), and from The Central
Cost £2.50 per copy.
Copies signed by the author are also available.
They came in 55 BC and again in 43 AD. when the
invasion force included a unit of The Praetorian Guard (some members
pictured below from a relief in The Louvre), and stayed nearly 400 years.
We have brought back something of our Roman
history and made it available as part of our museum display.
We have created a
display of Roman artefacts - some of them original Sittingbourne finds -
against a background of a Roman Villa, designed to give a flavour of life
in our area all those centuries ago.
for more information about the roman period
Staff at Sittingbourne West Boys County Secondary School - 1953
We rely for support on our
members of whom we have over 500. They help with maintenance, act as
guides, and assist with our archives as well as providing essential continuing
here to see details
of the 2008 AGM.
Visit our members
page to see what is
going on !
half of the 19th century the building of Victorian London
created a vast demand for bricks. In the Sittingbourne area the materials were available to
manufacture the yellow Kent Stock Brick more cheaply than the traditional
ledgers from this company which built the Sittingbourne and Kemsley
paper mills have been donated to the museum. This will be a wonderful
resource for research and we are most grateful.