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Record Offices[edit | edit source]

Kent Record Office[edit | edit source]

Kent Record Office
James Whatman Way
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ UK
Telephone: 03000 413131
Website: Kent Record Office

Kent Record Office (Kent History and Library Centre) replaces the Centre for Kentish Studies, East Kent Archives, County Central and Maidstone (St Faiths Street) libraries. They house approximately 14 kilometres of documents relating to Kent dating back to 699 AD and makes these publicly accessible. Covering a vast range of subjects, the resources will be helpful whatever your interest.

Archives[edit | edit source]

Kent History and Library Centre[edit | edit source]

Kent History and Library Centre
James Whatman Way
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ UK
Telephone: 03000 413131
Website: Kent History and Library Centre

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre[edit | edit source]

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre
Central Library
Townley Road
Bexleyheath, London DA6 7HJ UK
Telephone: 020 3045 3369
Website: Archives and Local History

The Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre holds a variety of sources for local and family historians and people researching the history of a building or house. Our archives date from the 14th century and relate to every town, village and parish in Bexley.

Canterbury Cathedral Archives[edit | edit source]

Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH UK
Telephone: 1227 865330
Website: Canterbury Cathedral Archives

The Archives & Library hold a huge wealth of information in the form of manuscripts, photographs, maps and other records dating back to the late 8th century. These make up an extraordinarily rich resource. In the Archives, you can find out more about the Cathedral, its history, its buildings and its community. You can explore the history of Canterbury and the surrounding area, and you can research East Kent family history.
The Library contains about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900, and an expanding collection of some 20,000 books and serials published in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Collections are particularly rich in books on church history, older theology, national and local history, travel, natural science, medicine and the anti-slavery movement.

Greenwich Heritage Centre[edit | edit source]

Greenwich Heritage Centre
Artillery Square
Royal Arsenal
Woolwich, London SE18 4DX UK
Telephone: 020 8854 2452
Website: Greenwich Heritage Centre

Greenwich Heritage Centre is housed in the old ordnance factory and store at the historic Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. The museum tells stories about the Royal Borough through objects, paintings, prints, drawings, maps, photographs and deeds.

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies[edit | edit source]

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
79-82 Northgate
Canterbury, Kent CT1 1BA UK
Telephone: 01227 768664
Website: Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The Institute runs a range of courses including the successful 24-module Correspondence Course in Genealogy with qualifications including the industry recognised Diploma in Genealogy. Day courses on a range of family history and heraldry themes are held at our base in Canterbury, Kent.

Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre[edit | edit source]

Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre
Lewisham Library
199 201 Lewisham High Street
Lewisham, London SE13 6LG UK
Telephone: 020 8314 8501
Website: Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre

The Local History and Archives Centre holds historic materials for the borough of Lewisham and is situated in Lewisham Library.
We can help you to discover the history of the borough, the history of houses in the borough (when they were built, and who lived there), the history of an area within the borough, for a school project or for general interest, your family history (ancestors in Lewisham, or general information), and local information on specific topics (for example, famous people who have lived in the borough).

Medway Archives Centre[edit | edit source]

Medway Archives Centre
32 Bryant Road
Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4AU UK
Telephone: 01634 332714
Website: Medway Archives Centre

Medway Archives Centre is the place to visit for anyone researching their family history, or the history, geography and people of Medway, or who would like to know more about the writer Charles Dickens. We cover Rochester, Strood, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, and surrounding villages and communities, including the Isle of Grain.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bromley Historic Collections[edit | edit source]

Bromley Historic Collections
2nd floor Central Library
High Street
Bromley, London BR1 1EX UK
Telephone: 020 8461 7170
Website: Bromley Historic Collections

We hold material relating to the people, places, institutions and organisations of the London Borough of Bromley and its predecessor authorities. Access to our collections is available to everyone, from curious first time visitors to experienced academics.
Bromley was historically a market town chartered since 1158 and an ancient parish in the county of Kent.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery[edit | edit source]

Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery
St Faith's St
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH UK
Telephone: 1622 602838
Website: Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery is a local authority-run museum located in Maidstone, Kent, England, featuring internationally important collections including fine art, natural history, and human history.

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery[edit | edit source]

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Civic Centre
Mount Pleasant Rd
Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1JN UK
Telephone: 1892 554171
Website: Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

The history of Royal Tunbridge Wells told through art, natural history, archaeology, craft, toys and so much more. The decadence of the manor house and the spartan lifestyle of the humble hop-picker is the story of Kent's spa town.

For a long list of Kent museums, go to List of museums in Kent in Wikipedia.