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HOME - Sittingbourne Heritage Museum

Please note:

We are opening our displays to the public in Unit 22 of the Forum shopping centre on Saturdays in July and August. We will also be open for pre-arranged group visits and online for enquiries, research, sales, volunteering etc.

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)

New for 2022

New book now available:

The Glorious Days of the Music Hall & Variety Theatre in Kent’s Seaside Resorts

by Michael Fairley . Price £11.99

Please see our Shop page for details of how to order. We also have many other titles on local history.

News for July 2022:

Museum Displays now open at the Forum, Saturdays for July and August – 10am till 2pm

Contact us

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

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 to prepare for a post-virus Museum 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. 1/2/2022

We have now made available a search of emigrant data for 1904-1914 – see “Search Our Data”

For the casual browser there is some information related to the ship building industry of Milton Creek. There is also information related to the long gone cattle market that used to be held in the town.

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 has displays 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 opposite the museum.

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.