The Medway towns local history talks 2020

  • Gillingham in old images (slideshow of Gillingham up to 1960)
  • Chatham in old images (slideshow of Chatham up to 1960)
  • Chatham Dockyard in old images (slideshow of working dockyard)
  • Rochester in old images (slideshow of Rochester up to 1960)
  • Rainham in old images (slideshow of Rainham up to 1960)
  • Strood in old images (slideshow of Strood up to 1960)
  • Brompton in old images (slideshow of Brompton up to 1960)
  • The Isle of Grain in old images (slideshow of The Isle of Grain up to 1975)
  • The history of the manor of Twydall (the story of Twydall up to the 1970s)
  • The history of the manor of Grange (the history of Grange including Cinque ports)
  • Tales of the riverbank (Medway industry along the riverbank)
  • Tales of the river (barges, boats and fisheries)
  • Medway forts (the dockyard’s defensive ring of forts)
  • Louis Brennan (inventor, extraordinaire, my hero!)
  • Aveling and Porter (steam vehicle production in Strood)
  • Short brothers in Kent (flying boats and much more)
  • Medway’s lost pubs (a slideshow of local pubs)
  • Medway breweries (the story of the local brewing industry)
  • The local brickmaking industry (The North Kent brickmaking industry)
  • Frozen Medway (the winters of 1895, 1947 and 1963)
  • The history of Walderslade (a potted history of the area)
  • Medway towns trams (a trip around the towns by tram 1902 to 1930)
  • The Rainham air crash (the first Paris to London passenger flight)
  • Charles Arkoll (brewer of Chatham, his life and times)
  • The Great Lines (from war games to horse racing)
  • Will Adams ‘from Gillingham to Japan’
  • Upnor, much more than just a Castle
  • Prison hulks and Deadmans Island (a sad legacy)
  • Smuggling in North Kent (smuggling on the Isle of Grain and more)
  • London, Chatham and Dover railway (steam trains in Kent)

Also available

  • Local history quiz on the Medway Towns, question and answer sheets supplied as required
  • Local history display to complement events, 100s of items and pictures are available to display, from a beer bottle to a steam engine model

All talks are illustrated with a digital slideshow. Printed images are also available. 

Duration: Talks last between 45 minutes and an hour and a half. 

Requirements: All talks require a projector screen or plain wall to project onto.

Computer, projectors and screens, and notes from talks are available as required.

5 Sturry Way

01634 379 235

Various no more than £40