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Kent History & Library Centre

The state-of-the-art Kent History and Library Centre on James Whatman Way is now open.

Kent has a wealth of documents, photographs, maps and records about the county’s history but to make sure they survive for future generations; they need to be kept in carefully controlled conditions. The new centre has been purpose built to protect and display many more archives than has ever been available to the public.

The centre has 14kilometres of historic material relating to Kent, dating back to 699 AD and it is the place to come for anyone interested in local history. In the community history area, visitors can get close to historic artefacts and there is a large space for displays and events, as well as a research room.

There is also a well-stocked library with 40,000 books and the children’s library that hosts regular storytime and baby bounce and rhyme sessions. The centre hosts author events, reading groups and community activities with support available to those needing help to use computers.


Monday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm