Kent History and Library Centre

Kent History and Library Centre
James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent
ME14 1LQ
Region or country
England (South East & Isle of Wight)

We hold the largest collection of historic material relating to the ancient county of Kent, most of which you can access. The collections are made up of printed, manuscript (original) and audio-visual material.

Examples of documents:

parish registers (records of marriages, baptisms and burials)
tithes (payment in kind to support the parish church and its clergy)
probate records (wills)
bishops’ transcripts
official documents
records of local administration and businesses
records of estates and landed families
personal items such as letters and diaries.

What can be found at the venue?
Records or archive, Library
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
Records include a collection relating to Kent Police Authority: 1857-1976; prison administration records; magistrates courts; coroners [archive to expand]
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Web address of online collections catalogue
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
Monday - Closed; Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday - Closed. There is a research service.
Available services or facilities
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
Free designated parking for Blue Badge holders at the front of the building. Assistance dogs are very welcome; lift and the building is wheelchair-friendly.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
Kent Police Museum at:
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