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Local history collections
Lending collections of local studies
material are held in all libraries and reference material is kept in some
of the larger libraries.
The main reference collection of local studies material is held
at the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, while
a smaller collection is kept at Gillingham Library.
This includes the following local studies material for
- archive files on local events and people, e.g. Will Adams, Louis Brennan, James
McCudden and the Fireman’s Wedding Tragedy;
- Census 1841-1901 (including surname index);
- Chatham News (1859 to date)
- electoral registers;
- Ordnance Survey and tithe maps;
- parish records;
- photographs and prints;
- printed books;
- street and trade directories.
Planning your visit
Free public access computers are available, providing
internet and Office 2000 facilities.
Photocopying, scanning and printing services are also
Many resources, such as newspapers, parish directories and other
directories, are available on microfilm or fiche. Visitors are
advised to phone in advance to book a microfilm or fiche reader. If
you are planning to visit the library from a distance, it is
advisable to phone, write or email in advance to
check what is available.
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