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Oral History Project: Kent's Sporting Memories

Michael Romyn is coordinating a just-launched oral history project, 'Kent's Sporting Memories', which aims to record and preserve the post-war history of sport in east Kent (with a focus on Folkestone and Hythe district). The project’s being carried out on behalf of Kent Sport, and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Here is a link to our website, which has more information on what we’re planning to do:

I’m getting in touch to see if there’s anyone  who might be interested in participating in the project? We're on the lookout for people interested in oral history primarily, but would also welcome any interest from photography or filmmaking enthusiasts,
or those interested in facilitating reminiscence sessions.

Hawkinge WWI History project Food in rural Kent during WW2 England's Immigrants Project Refugee Committees WWII
Women's suffrage movement in Kent Victorian clergymen in Kent Survey disappearing coastal archaeology The REME at Grove Ferry and Upstreet

Hawkinge WWI History project

Any Information on our Hawkinge Heroes would be greatly appreciated
You probably know this already but I have been advised that -
 "They were all part of what was known as Kitchener's Army - i.e. the first wave of volunteers to expand the regular army after the start of the 1st World War, i.e. before conscription. Many of them arrived on the Western Front to suffer the same fate as these. They volunteered by community and served together (the so called Pals Battalions) and died together on the Somme. It was felt at the time that men who had grown up together and worked together would fight better than units which did not have that shared experience. Because of the disproportionate effect of losses on some towns the practice was not perpetuated."

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posted August 2018

Food in rural Kent during WW2

Jacie Cole is a researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University and was pointed in our direction by Sheila Sweetinburgh who is her supervisor. She is researching food in rural Kent during WW2 and will shortly be ready to start conducting oral history interviews. Jacie is hoping to interview people who lived in Kent, especially in rural areas, during the war and who are happy to speak about their memories of procurement, preparation and eating/ meal times.

Contact Jacie

posted August 2018

The women's suffrage movement in Kent

Naomi Dickins is a local history tutor and writer, currently gathering evidence for a research project on the women's suffrage movement in Kent - particularly the experiences of rural communities and the role of the Women's Institute in this movement.

She would be grateful for the opportunity to examine any documentary evidence held by members pertaining to this area, or to hear from people with family or community connections to the various women's groups in Kent at the turn of the 20th century.


posted November 2017

The REME at Grove Ferry and Upstreet

I wonder if you are able to help me. I am writing a book based around 200+ letters written by my late uncle Ron to my aunt during WW2.

Ron served a clerk in REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) and moved around the country a great deal as needs arose. In January 1944 he mentioned being stationed at or near Grove Ferry in one letter, and St Mary's College, Upstreet was given as his address in others.

I have been unable to find any useful information about the role of Grove Ferry or St Mary's College at this time and wonder if you might either be able to provide some information, or else suggest where I could look or who else I could approach

Ann Kelcey

posted November 2017

Victorian clergymen in Kent

My interest is in Victorian clerical 'scandals' 
including stories involving the Revd John Woodcock of Littlebourne and the Revd Frederick Murray of Stone-next-Dartford

I would be delighted to hear from members who might have information along these lines as
I will be keeping the blog updated, as well as publishing more books in the Clerical Errors series (Englandwide).

It is my belief that this is an unexplored area of local history.

Thank you very much indeed.

Tom Hughes


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WWII Refugee Committees  

Dr Susan Cohen is researching history relating to the numerous refugee committees that operated in the county during the second world war.
These were located in Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gillingham, Gravesend, Hayes, Maidstone, Malling, Margate, Rochester,
Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and possibly Ashford.
The research is on nationwide committees for a book on the subject.
Dr Cohen is having very little success locating archive material on any of these committees. 

Any help gratefully received!

England's Immigrants Project

As a partner in the England’s Immigrants Project, the British Association for Local History is offering societies an opportunity to become involved in an exciting and innovative new project.
England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 is a nationwide project to collect evidence of ‘resident aliens’ of all types during the late medieval and early modern period. A dedicated research team, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has now completed the vast majority of the data-entry, namely the alien subsidy records at The National Archives. There are now
60,000 names of aliens on the database. In addition, work is about to begin on the Tudor subsidy records, with a focus on specific regions, and the 1544 Westminster denizen roll (which contains 3,000 names) is just about to be uploaded. The focus is now shifting to more detailed work, and refining the data to make it consistent and easy to search. With this extensive dataset in place, there are now opportunities for local history societies to look at aspects specific to their areas.
From case studies so far much previously unknown and perhaps unexpected information has come to light. Because the data relates to individuals, it’s also important for a wide range of studies and interests – occupations, surname development, family history, trade and industry, and so on.
You can find out more about the project and its associated case studies from the their website or from Dr Jessica Lutkin (
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