Please note:

The Museum will be closed for much of January, then from Saturday January 27th open at the Forum shopping centre, Saturdays from 10.30am till 2.30pm

We will also be open on some weekdays. 

In addition to our public open days, we are also open for pre-arranged group visits and of course online for enquiries, research, sales, volunteering etc.

Rodmersham clip

During the last couple of years we have worked on ways to bring access to our collection to members and the world at large. We have created our own Youtube channel and produced a number of videos to achieve this. For example: (click on the image and then use the back arrow on browser to return here)

News for Spring 2024:

Latest Books

Latest two new books available:

Sittingbourne in the 1970s

by Helen Allinson and the Museum study group

Now on its third printing!

contains over 100 photographs of the area in this decade of much change. See our online shop for orders.

A Look at Rodmersham 1850 to 1955

by Helen Allinson

During the middle of the nineteenth century Rodmersham was a small, purely agricultural village with a population of just 328. The census return of 1851 throws a spotlight upon life in at that date. The men overwhelmingly worked on the farms in the parish

It has been a pleasure to listen to the recollections of those who grew up in Rodmersham and to gain some understanding from them of growing up in a village which, in the days before general car ownership, still felt very separate from the neighbouring town of Sittingbourne.

For UK orders go to our new Shop Portal.

For enquiries or overseas orders please see our Shop page for details of how to order. We also have many other titles on local history.

Contact us

  • E: email –
  • T: 07472 268 388
  • find us on Facebook, Youtube,  Instagram and Twitter

For Volunteering opportunities – please visit our Volunteering page


Our “members” are our supporters, and our friends who support the idea of there being a museum in Sittingbourne to display, represent and educate in all matters related to the history of our town and area.

For our existing members, subscriptions, which help us to keep the museum running, are due now. Please help us by paying your subscription online or by bank transfer. Go to our subscription renewal page for how to do this. Many thanks.

Please see our members information page to subscribe to or unsubscribe from our email list.  See our Facebook page also for news, photographs and debate. We also now have a Youtube channel and will publish short video films here from time to time.

What's new on the website?

If you cannot find something – please do let us know. 28/07/2023

You will find it easier to order and pay for our books on local history using our online SHOP site. 

Sittingbourne's Very Own Museum

Sittingbourne has had a museum since 1999 but still there are many people who either don’t know about it or where to find it. Sittingbourne Heritage Museum is in the Forum Shopping Centre, Sittingbourne.  The museum houses many objects from Sittingbourne and the surrounding villages which have been donated or loaned by local residents and other museums. We are able to have regularly changing displays, as well as our more permanent features such as ‘The Plough‘ finds cabinet of late medieval items rescued from the demolished public house, which once stood in East Street.

But there is more to the museum than just displays. Behind the scenes, researchers are peering into the town’s past, and then producing highly respected books on various topics.. These books and many more are available on-line and in our small shop which forms an integral part of the museum.

Entry to the museum is free but why not support our museum by becoming a member and receive regular news and information about local history ?

Sittingbourne Heritage Museum is a founding and participating member of Historic Swale – a charity organisation whose aim it is to promote Swale as a heritage destination.