Medway Archives Centre 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. These resources include documents, manuscripts, maps and photographs.
The Archive preserves and makes the Archives of the Medway area and parish records of North-West Kent publicly accessible, with their oldest records dating from 604.
Whatever your research interest, whether you are researching your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, tracing the history of a house, or wish to learn more about your local area, you will find the documents held of use.
The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.
Collections held by the Archive include:
You can also discover more about their collections by perusing their online catalogue CityArk, which is the online catalogue of Medway Council Archives Service and is held at the Record Office.
Collections also include The Fitzgerald Collection of Dickensiana, Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald's collection of works by and about Charles Dickens.
For details of their opening hours, please go to their Visit the Archives page.
If you wish to access archive collections, you must make an appointment.
The Archive has two disabled parking spaces near the building and have a ramp providing access to the front doors. All areas accessible by the public are on the ground floor, and they have fully accessible toilet facilities. If required, there is also a height adjustable desk in the local studies search room.
The Office is a member of the CARN(County Archive Research Network)