Kent History and Library Centre

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LQ

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The new centre is purpose built to protect and give people access to more of our archive material, and to provide a 21st century library in the heart of Kent. It houses around 14 kilometres of historic material relating to Kent dating back to 699 AD and is the place to come for anyone interested in local history.


Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Saturday, 20th July 2019

Treasure. History of Kent Through its Artefacts and TreasureCome and meet Jo Ahmet, Archaeological Finds Liaison Officer, and hear him talk about the history of Kent from Prehistory to 1700 through Kentish finds.
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Monday, 29th July 2019 - Monday, 29th July 2019

Lizz Finn: The Orchard FamilyLiz Finn: The Orchard FamilyA lunchtime talk with Liz Finn, an archivist with the Kent Archives Service. A tale about the Orchard Family, loss, heartbreak and remembrance.
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Monday, 5th August 2019 - Monday, 5th August 2019

Make a decorative notebook to take home with you at the Kent Library Centre. Making a Decorative Paper NotebookCome to the Kent History and Library Centre and learn how to make a useful and attractive notebook. 
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Monday, 19th August 2019 - Monday, 19th August 2019

Make a stylish leather bound notebook at Kent Library in Maidstone. Making a Leather Bound Notebook WorkshopCome to the Kent History and Library Centre and learn how to make a lovely leather bound notebook. 
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Monday, 9th September 2019 - Monday, 9th September 2019

Peter Clarke: Clergy and Criminal ViolencePeter Clarke: Clergy and Criminal ViolenceA lunchtime talk with Peter Clarke, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Southampton. The clergy and criminal violence in later Medieval Kent.
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Researching the archives of Kent's Anglican Dioceses - A Day ConferenceKent Archives is holding a one-day conference to mark the recent consolidation of the archives of Kent's two ecclesiastical dioceses, Rochester and Canterbury, under one roof at the Kent History and Library Centre.
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Wednesday, 9th October 2019 - Wednesday, 9th October 2019

An unseen screening of 1930's - 1960's Maidstone from the Kent archives. Maidstone on FilmThis special programme will take you on an archive film tour of Maidstone and district from the 1930s to the 1960s.
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Monday, 21st October 2019 - Monday, 21st October 2019

James Lloyd: The White Horse Of KentJames Lloyd : The White Horse of KentA free lunchtime talk with James Lloyd on the White Horse of Kent symbol.
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Monday, 28th October 2019 - Monday, 28th October 2019

Paul Cullen: Kent Inn NamesPaul Cullen: Kent Inn NamesA free lunchtime talk with Paul Cullen, the English Place-Name Society's editor for the Survey of Kent, on Kent Inn names.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Parking - There are plenty of cycle parking and designated parking spaces for Blue Badge holders at the front of the building.
Pay & Display spaces are available by the football ground near the library on James Whatman Way (for fees check the Maidstone Borough Council car parks webpage). There are further short term Pay & Display spaces across the road in the White Rabbit car park. The nearest long term car parks are Fremlin Walk and the Maidstone East railway station car park (5 minutes walk away).
Buses - Stops for routes 101, 150 and 155 are situated just beyond the right-hand side of the building and on the opposite side of the dual-carriage way.

Opening Times

Opening 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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