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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.

Medway Archives Centre is now open at our new premises at 32 Bryant Road, Strood ME2 3EP (previously the old Strood library). 

Search collections

Search our online collections - our oldest records date from 604

Enquiry service

Not sure where to start? Do you have a question for our experts?

Read our latest newsletter (pdf 327kb) to find out what is happening at the archives.

If you have visited the Medway Archives Centre we'd be interested to know what you thought of the facility. If you could take two minutes to complete our online survey this will help us to better understand how we meet visitor needs. Thank you in advance for your time.