PROGRAMME OF TALKS

AND ACTIVITIES

2019

 

         FEB 21                MARTIN BROOKS                    PEACE AFTER WAR    

                   How the victors of wars throughout history have struggled with the ensuing peace

          MAR 21               DONALD STEVENS               THE CAMPBELLS: SPEED RECORD BREAKERS

                                                The story of the famous land and water speed record family

          APR 18                ALEX   FERRIS                  POWER & PATRIOTISM (and the man from Maidstone)

                                                  How a local man challenged for world oil supremacy

           MAY 16               FIONA SMITH                   THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

                                 An insight into the origins and work done to preserve the memory of our fallen

          JUN 20                PAT MORTLOCK                    PREVENTION AND CURE BEFORE THE NHS

                                                 Health and sickness in the years before the NHS was established     

          JULY 18                          VISIT     DICKENS’ LANDMARKS IN NORTH KENT 

          Our annual visit explores some of the famous places associated with the great author

          SEPT 19               JEREMY CAREY                      THE LAW IN ACTION

      Smarden resident and recently retired Resident Judge for Maidstone Crown Court and Deputy High Court Judge talks about the Law 

          OCT 17                JULIETTE PATTINSON              CARVE THEIR NAMES WITH PRIDE

                       The story of the brave men and women who worked behind enemy lines in WW2

           NOV 21                  AGM and  GILL BROMLEY    A COUNTRY CHILD

                     Gill's family has lived in Smarden for many generations. Tonight she tells us about her early life here.


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

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

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.

 



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

AND ACTIVITIES

2019


         FEB 21                MARTIN BROOKS                    PEACE AFTER WAR    

                   How the victors of wars throughout history have struggled with the ensuing peace

          MAR 21               DONALD STEVENS               THE CAMPBELLS: SPEED RECORD BREAKERS

                                                The story of the famous land and water speed record family

          APR 18                ALEX   FERRIS                  POWER & PATRIOTISM (and the man from Maidstone)

                                                  How a local man challenged for world oil supremacy

           MAY 16               FIONA SMITH                   THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

                                 An insight into the origins and work done to preserve the memory of our fallen

          JUN 20                PAT MORTLOCK                    PREVENTION AND CURE BEFORE THE NHS

                                                 Health and sickness in the years before the NHS was established     

          JULY 18                          VISIT     DICKENS’ LANDMARKS IN NORTH KENT 

          Our annual visit explores some of the famous places associated with the great author

          SEPT 19               JEREMY CAREY                      THE LAW IN ACTION

      Smarden resident and recently retired Resident Judge for Maidstone Crown Court and Deputy High Court Judge talks about the Law 

          OCT 17                JULIETTE PATTINSON              CARVE THEIR NAMES WITH PRIDE

                       The story of the brave men and women who worked behind enemy lines in WW2

           NOV 21                  AGM and  GILL BROMLEY    A COUNTRY CHILD

                     Gill's family has lived in Smarden for many generations. Tonight she tells us about her early life here.


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

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

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.