Kent History and Library Centre

Kent History and Library Centre
James Whatman Way
ME14 1LQ




03000 41 31 31

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The Kent History & Library Centre is managed by Kent County Council Libraries, Registration & Archives. Our libraries & archives provide access to a wealth of quality resources and services. Whether you're looking for business information, IT, a place to meet people or a great story, we have something for you. The new centre is purpose built to protect and give people access to more of our archive material, and to provide a 21st century library in the heart of Kent. It houses around 14 kilometres of historic material relating to Kent dating back to 699 AD and is the place to come for anyone interested in local history. There is a community history area, archive search room, digital studio, free public internet access and wifi, and a large space for displays and events.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Sunday closed. Monday- Wednesday & Friday 9.00am- 6.00pm. Thursday 9.00am - 8pm

Admission charges

Admission Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Frontline Kent

In Their Own Words: Kent Voices of the First World War

  • 4 August — 31 October 2014 *on now

An exhibition on the people of Kent during the First World War, based on first person accounts:

•The story of the Orchard Family – only one of four brothers returned from the Front.

•Air Raids – this display includes photographs of the bombing of Tontine Street in Folkestone; first-hand accounts of air raids; evacuation orders; and newspaper articles describing the aftermath

•Hardships - which includes letters written to the Kent War Relief Fund by women whose husbands were called up; letters regarding parcels for Kentish Prisoners of War; and correspondence about gifts sent from the USA for Kentish children

•Refugees – this exhibit includes Folkestone War Refugees committee records; first person accounts describing Belgian refugees; and an album containing, among other things, a silk Belgian flag

•Letters Home – such as correspondence home from Willie Tomson, a POW in Germany, and later in Holland; Cicely Stanhope, a nurse in Paris; and the amazing collection of The Friends of Great Chart in which young men write in response to letters and parcels sent by villagers, describing life in the trenches and their feelings.

•Conscientious Objections – the story of conscientious objectors and why they would not fight in the war.

Supporting the Exhibition, which will run until the end of October, will be a series of talks.

Suitable for

  • Any age