Registered Charity No. 1070698

Last Updated 25/5/16

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About our town

Journal Items

Researching the past

Museum Archives

Then and Now

Test your knowledge !


Your Questions

Personal Histories

Kids Quiz !



Welcome to all our visitors                                                                 site map

Please explore the various links and we're sure you will enjoy the site.


Chairman's page


Share those memories with future generations - email us ! 

see "Your Questions"




Membership and calendar

Find out what's happening, latest news and events open to members and non-members


membership form


find us on Google !


Our Aims

A summary of what we hope to accomplish for the town's heritage.


Visitor's Enquiries

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 town etc.


Museum Shop

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 of Borden


Titanic passengers from Sittingbourne  100 years ago !Two known town residents were on the ship. One survived, one didn't !


Anglo Saxon 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 !


Opening Times

The museum is now open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and the shop every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm until 4pm. For groups, you may have also access by appointment, 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.

call 07472 268388 for further information on opening times.

If you live away from Sittingbourne, why not keep in contact by becoming a member? 

Overseas memberships are now available - see members page.

Sittingbourne Heritage Museum

67 East Street


Kent, ME10 4BQ



Registered Charity No. 1070698



New Book for 2016

Wartime Heroes of Borden Grammar School Remembered

(available by post if required)

See the "Shop" page for list of items and publications available.


Our Local History Study Group meets each month to research such topics.


read more....

Whats on in 2016?  


Our 2016 program of talks is also open to non-members. held at Phoenix House unless otherwise marked (A).

(A) Wednesday 15 June - 7pm at The Avenue Theatre

The Palace of Westminster by Kevin Gordon


Wedesday 13th July - 7pm at Phoenix House

Ration Book Britain by Toni Mount

Admission is £1 to members and £3 to non-members. (members should bring proof of membership)

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!)



We are building a new web site - please bear with us while we do this. We will try to keep important information up to date on this site until the new site is ready.

The Iwade Settlement - Bronze Age to Mediaeval times... now on display in the museum.

Archaeological finds show evidence of occupation from around 3000 B.C. to the 1500s. The finds from this major site have been placed with our museum. We exhibit a number of them against a background of an Iron Age village and including information about the finds and life in those times.


Troops marching in West Street during the Great War. (Looking West, the railings on the left are outside the "Volunteers" pub. The turning on the right is Cockleshell Walk")

Our Aims

We aim to preserve and display the heritage of Sittingbourne through artefacts, photographs and documents. We 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.

Click here for a page of YOUR questions and answers.


the Foresters arms, Berry Street

Copies are still available of our publication:


‘The Story of Gore Court House

and Estate, Tunstall’

written by

Helen Allinson.




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 purchased from

The Museum, (on Saturdays when open), and from The Central Library.

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.

click here for more information about the roman period

picture: Staff at Sittingbourne West Boys County Secondary School - 1953

Our Members

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 finance.

Click here to see details of the 2016 AGM.

Visit our members page to see what is going on !



During the second 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 red brick.



Edward Bishop & Sons

The 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.




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