This year the nation commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1 and Smarden Local History Society, Zion Chapel, The British Legion, The Smarden Players, The Women’s Institute, the Gardeners Society, the Sports Association, the Embroiderers, Smarden Primary School and many residents are combining to present

 From War to Peace: Smarden 1918

 This is a special centenary event being held on Saturday September 22nd at The Charter Hall and will include film, writing, poetry, music, photographs, reconstructions, personal stories, reminiscences, letters and memorabilia.

 


The Kent Heritage Resource Centre at Smarden 

 

A new resource Centre for regional heritage groups has been established at Smarden as a result of a partnership agreement between Smarden Local History Society and Kent Archaeological Society.

Under the partnership, the two organisations are working together to provide practical help and guidance to local history societies, museums, schools and private individuals on archive management, preservation and digitisation at a new Kent Heritage Resource Centre at The Charter Hall in Smarden.

The facility features a state-of-the-art archival camera capable of producing high-output, high-definition images of, for example, documents, bound volumes, artefacts, photographs, slides, and maps up to A2 size, linked to specially developed indexing and cataloguing software.

The Centre has been formed in answer to a problem faced by many heritage organisations, that of uncatalogued, and often unseen, archival collections with no back-up, which makes them vulnerable to accidental loss and inaccessible to people who might otherwise wish to study them.

The Centre offers expert advice on archival techniques and provides options for users to carry out digitisation projects, with Resource Centre assistance where necessary. The Centre also offers a data storage service for organisations seeking to back-up archives off-site.  All Centre facilities are available at nominal cost to users at The Smarden Charter Hall two days a week and at other times by prior arrangement.

The Centre operates as a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, established with the help of grant funding by Kent Archaeological Society,  Smarden Local History Society, Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council and with the support of The Trustees of Smarden Charter Hall.

The archival camera in use at The Kent Heritage Resource Centre

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PROGRAMME OF TALKS

2018

 

FEB 15 BRIAN LAVERICK SMITH   BOVVER ON THE HOVER

MAR 15 COLIN BREED      ROYAL VISITS

APR 19 BOB OGLEY    THE GREAT STORM

MAY 17 ALUN JONES    SMARDEN AND REBELLIONS

JUN 21 TIM THOMAS    THE HEADCORN STORY

JULY 19 VISIT TO THE EAST KENT RESEARCH CENTRE DITTON

SEPT 20 IMOGEN CORRIGAN     HAZARDS OF A PILGRIM’S JOURNEY

OCT 18 STUART BLIGH    MARITIME KENT

Nov 15 AGM + ERIC SPEAR   THE HISTORY OF SMARDEN GARDENERS SOCIETY

Talks start at 7:30pm in Smarden Charter Hall. 

Wine, teas and coffees are served from 6:45 pm onwards.

Membership is £10 per year. Visitors are very welcome: £4

Research and Heritage Centre facilities are open on Friday mornings in the Dadson Room at The Charter Hall from 9:30 am until 11:30 am or otherwise by appointment.