News from the archives section
New to our collections?
The Kent Archive Service was set up in 1933 to look after the
records of Kent County Council and its predecessors but from a very
early date it also acquired other records relating to the county's
history. The historic collections at the Kent History and Library
Centre include archive and local history materials and cover more
than 1300 years of Kent's history from King Wihtred's charter of
699 to the 21st century. To begin exploring our wealth of books and
documents, please read our
general guide to collections.
New to probate records?
There are many different types of probate records but wills are
the most widely-used. Inventories, act books, administration bonds
and probate accounts are also very useful to a wide variety of
historians. The Kent History and Library Centre holds one of the
best probate collections in the country. For more information about
these records, please read our guide to using
probate records (PDF, 177k).
Explore Kent history
The recent Explore Your Archives national campaign (16 - 22
November), attracted considerable public interest in the documents
that are held in the Kent History and Library Centre. The
following documents were revealed, one on each day, as a
taster to the rest of the treasures in our archives.
Saturday 16 November -
The Great Eater (Doc, 116k)
Monday 18 November -
The Jilted Bride (Doc, 87k)
Tuesday 19 November -
Hugh Amherst's Journal (Doc, 167k)
Wednesday 20 November -
The Old Wine Vaults Public House (Doc, 60k)
Thursday 21 November -
Dr Jeremiah Cliff's 'Momento Mori' (Doc, 414k)
Friday, 22 November -
A Poignant Letter Home (Doc, 103k)
Saturday 23 November -
Anna Maria Hussey’s Journal of her holiday in Dover in 1836