Community projects

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Archive

Medway Archives Centre aims to help people discover the stories of Medway’s people and places. We look after and make available historic records. But we also need to collect records about today so that future generations have access to material which helps them understand how we live now.

We’re creating a community archive of diaries and other records about the current coronavirus pandemic. This is so that researchers can access first-hand accounts of this crisis and how it affected people that live or work in Medway. This will be kept at the Medway Archives Centre.

Find out more about the Coronavirus Community Archive.

Soldiers’ Stories on Our Streets

Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Soldiers’ Stories on Our Streets was a community research project that formed part of the centenary commemorations of World War I. Local people worked with Friends of Medway Archives volunteers at public research sessions to find out about the soldiers of the Great War who came from the streets in which they live today.

The project was inspired by the Friends of Medway Archives (FOMA) De Caville Index. Although well known outside of Medway in research circles, this fantastic resource was under used and little known in Medway itself.  In bringing the index to local schools and the community, Soldiers Stories on our Streets was able to link the present to the past in a very visual way.

Two large scale maps were produced, highlighting all the streets in the main Medway towns who lost a serviceman during the Great War. The research sessions also identified previously unknown soldiers whose names now form part of the FOMA De Caville Index for future generations to discover.

Reminiscence sessions

Our friendly and informal reminiscence sessions are for you to share your memories of past Medway. Sessions usually run for about an hour and a half with an opportunity to chat with other participants over tea. Past topics have included memories of working at Wingets and Shorts, pubs clubs and restaurants and your memories of World War II and evacuation.

COVID-19 update

We are unable to run our reminiscence sessions at the moment but hope to be back once it is safe to do so.

Friends of Medway Archives

We are actively supported by The Friends of Medway Archives. Members arrange their own events and talks and also volunteer at Medway Archives Centre, helping us with events and special projects.