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SHM 09 The Opening of King George's Field, 1937 
The SMUDC officially opens the former Gore Court Park as a town playing field in memory of King George V.
We look forward to the day that we will be able to resume our programme of events with confidence. In the meantime, we will do our best to try to bring you online experiences during this period of difficulty.
See the following on our Youtube Channel (click on the links or the images, then, if you wish, use the back arrow on your browser to return here)
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SHM 01  The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, 1928
A short film, including 1928 original cine-film showing the ceremony performed in front of a large crowd, to lay the stone marking the beginning of construction on Sittingbourne's Hospital 
Total running time: 6m33sec 
SHM 13  1937 - Sittingbourne & Milton's Coronation Celebrations
Wednesday 12th May was a day of celebration for the whole country and the local council had planned many things. It turned out to be a wet day in Sittingbourne and the local paper ran with "Rain Reigned Supreme".Original cine-film and photographs from the time are incorporated into this 14 minute video. 
Total time: 14m 44s
SHM 12   Vilém Göth RAF - An eventful journey from Brno to Bell Road
This Czech pilot was 25 years old when he died fighting for the RAF and for his country. He is buried in Sittingbourne's Bell Road cemetery
SHM 11 1937 - RAF Eastchurch - Empire Air Day
Ted Wraight and his trusty cine camera again - on a day out to Eastchurch where there were at least 30 aircraft flying or on view. Visitors were treated to displays of air combat and formation flying.
Total time: 6m 34s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVMcJ5RZBm0
SHM 10   1937 - The Grove - unveiling of George Andrews memorial
George Andrews JP CC gave this park to the people of Sittingbourne & Milton Regis in 1930 on the amalgamation of the two town councils. He died in 1934, and a memorial was created. This is the unveil ing by his widow in 1937.
SHM 02 The History of Sittingbourne & Milton Fire Brigade
This tells the story of the local brigade, from the Insurance Company brigades in the 1800s through the formation of separate council brigades for Milton, Sittingbourne, Teynham & Lynsted, to the amalgamation of the brigades and the changes brought on by war.
SHM 04 The Convent of the Nativity Sports Day, c1938 
Some cine film of the sports day provided by Allen Wraight whose father shot the film. We have slowed the film to a normal speed,added some stills, other information and a narration. 
Total: 14m 28sec 
SHM 06 The Story of West Street told through 10 Objects 
John Mount made this presentation in October 2019 
SHM 07 2001, A Street's Odyssey - A look at East Street 
A grand title for just a short piece video of East Street, shot in 2001, with a brief look at what came before and what has happened since. 
SHM 08 Key Street - The Lost Village 
The key Street roundabout sits on top of a place where a settlement used to be.
Total time: 6m 34s
SHM 14   Memories and a Brief History of the Sittingbourne Cattle Market
Many people are unaware that we once had a regular Livestock Market in Sittingbourne. I used to love the noise and the smells - especially the baby animals. (I was only five myself!)
Total time: 7m 33s
SHM 15   A Brief History of the Old School building at College Road, Sittingbourne
A brief history of the old school / college building in College Road, Borden, Sittingbourne. Founded in 1878, Borden School was here until 1929, then it was Kent Farm Institute, a Teacher Training College, Adult Education Centre, and now it looks set to become residential.  . total time: 9m 1s

SHM 17 In Memory of Ashley Goatham, 24th Regiment
In Memory of Ashley Goatham, 24th Regiment, who died at Isandhlwana in the Zulu War of 1879 and is remembered at Bredgar Churchyard, near Sittingbourne. Total time: 13m 29s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS8RceXwEfY
SHM 18 A brief history of Bredgar Church
From its foundation some time before the Norman invasion, until the present day, Bredgar Church has been at the heart of this village community. Total time: 14m 25s
SHM 21 A brief history of Sittingbourne Carnival
From 1893 until the present day - a small group of community-minded people have sought to bring this event to the people of Sittingbourne and Milton - with various degrees of success. Total time: 12m 20s
SHM 23 The Lost Streets of Sittingbourne & Milton - Dean Street
Nobody seemed to know where this street had been, and it had only existed until 1892 - so where was it ? Total time: 9m 58s
SHM 19 The Beat Music Years in Sittingbourne and Milton
The early 1960s saw an explosion of music - with teenagers playing guitar and moving from skiffle to rock 'n' roll music. In Sittingbourne there were many such groups, some short-lived but others achieving considerable success. Total time: 22m 45s

SHM 20 A brief history of Tunstall Church
There has been a church in the village of Tunstall, near Sittingbourne since before the Norman conquest.
SHM 16 Remembering the fallen Old Bordenians the First World War
Reviewing the work undertaken by historians and researchers into ex-pupils of Borden Grammar School who served and died during the war of 1914-1918 To tal time: 13m 27s 
SHM 03 The Story of Sittingbourne - a short video - suitable for children. 
Once upon a time, Sittingbourne was very small - so small you couldn't see it because it was behind Milton!
Running time: 3m 30sec
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