The state-of-the-art Kent History and Library Centre is on James Whatman Way.
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 14 kilometres 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 09:00 to 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 to 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 to 18:00
Thursday 09:00 to 20:00
Friday 09:00 to 18:00
Saturday 09:00 to 17:00