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what's happening, latest news and events open to members and non-members
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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
The Bell Founders of
Titanic 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.
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answers to some Frequently Asked Questions !
The museum is now open every Saturday from
11am 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.
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
Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
Registered Charity No. 1070698
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 in 2016?
Our 2016 program of talks is also open to non-members. held at
Phoenix House unless otherwise marked (A).
Thursday 21 April - 7pm at Phoenix House
The Norman Castle at Newnham by Pauline Jardin-Rose
Tuesday 24th May - 7.30 pm at Phoenix House
The Museum AGM followed by Crime in Victorian Kent by Helen Allinson
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!
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")
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
to see details of the 2015 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.