Kent Record Office

Canterbury Cathedral Archives

The Archives holds a vast number of resources dating from the 8th century, these taking the form of manuscripts, photographs, maps and other records.  

You are able to discover more details regarding the Cathedral, its history, its buildings and its community at the Archive.  It is also possible to research East Kent family history, and to find out more about the city of Canterbury.  

The Library has approximately 300000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900. It also has nearly 20000 books and serials published in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Information about Canterbury Cathedral Archive


Canterbury Cathedral Archives 
The Precincts 
CT1 2EH 

Telephone Number:

01227 865330


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page, their collections page and peruse their on-line catalogue.

Collections include Dean and Chapter Records, City of Canterbury Chapter Records, Parish Registers, Diocese of Canterbury Records, Parish Council Records and Artefacts.  

Opening Hours can be found by perusing the appropriate section of their Visiting the Library 

The library is located in the Cathedral Precincts.  If you need directions, please enter Christ Church Gate, the Cathedral's main gate.

You are required to book before visiting.  You are able to book a reading desk, computer or microfilm/fiche reader.  Although they are open on Saturdays, documents and books must be ordered in advance if visiting on that day.

They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

The Archive holds documents and records relating to the geography, people and history of Medway.  They cover Rochester, Strood, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and surrounding villages, which includes the Isle of Grain.


Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
The Clock Tower Building
Former Civic Centre site

Address (Postal):

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road

Telephone Number:

01634 332714 


For information regarding their opening hours and collections, please visit the appropriate sections of their Home Page and CityArk which is the on-line catalogue of Medway Council Archives Service and is held at the Record Office.  

They also hold The Fitzgerald Collection of Dickensiana, Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald's collection of works by and about Charles Dickens.

Parish Registers are available online, which can be accessed through Medway Ancestors.  You have to scroll down the page to get to the list of parish registers.

If you wish to use archive tables, computers or microfilm readers, these must be booked at least one day before your visit.

They are a member of the CARN(County Archive Research Network)

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