We have used a wide range of sources in preparing the Plague to Contagion exhibition.

Some material is held elsewhere but much is from our collections here at Medway Archives.

They include:

  • parish registers
  • local newspapers
  • health reports
  • books
  • pamphlets
  • photographs.

Contact us at malsc@medway.gov.uk if you would like to know more about this subject.

Sources and references

Title References
  • Burials, August 1666 St Mary Magdelene Church, Gillingham, Composite Register, P153/1/2(2).
Rochester pest house
  • Recollections of Rochester No 107 by Edwin Harris, Chatham Observer 28 December 1934
  • The Old Spytall painted c.1848. (Copy of an original in the possession of Mr Cockburn of Borstal in 1918). Local Studies Illustrations Collection, C051156678
  • O’Halloran, Cindy The Old Spytall. Friends of Medway Archives The Clock Tower November 2013
  • Ratcliffe, Bob A tale of Two Spytalls. Friends of Medway Archives The Clock Tower February 2014.
  • Geoff Rambler blog
  • The Arena Volume 14 1895
  • Illustration: The National Anti-Compulsory-Vaccination Reporter 1877 (Google Books).
  • Stewart, J. The Alexandra Hospital at Wigmore part 1 (Medway Chronicle Number 9, Autumn 2013)
  • London Evening Standard, 28 March 1903      
  • Weekly Dispatch, 29 March 1903
  • Chatham Board of Health Reports CBA/H1/1   
  • Hampshire Advertiser, 18 January 1902
  • St James’s Gazette, 9 January 1902  
  • Joyce Stewart, The Alexandra Hospital, Wigmore: an outline of our local hospitals,
  • Gillingham Local History Leaflet, No. 3 - Kent County Library 
  • Gillingham Borough Archives GBC HL28 and GBC HL 19 12.
  • History of the epidemic of cholera by Thomas Stratton, 1851.
  • The Chatham News, 1912
  • Report of the medical officer of Health. Outbreak of Typhoid Fever, 1912 RCA/H1/2
  • Medway Archives Centre Local Studies photographic collection FBY/HEA/IDS/1. O. Wenborn.
Spanish flu
  • Dora Mathews, VAD Nurse: (VF MED 920/MATT/1) Obituary: Chatham News, 14 December 1918
  • Borstal National School logbook, C/ES/305B/1/1/2
  • Chatham News, 2 and 9 November 1918
  • Chatham Observer, 2 and 26 November 1918.