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Scandal in the Holy City: Prostitution in Victorian Brompton

These lectures are proving to be very popular, and have included talks on ‘Pubs of Old Brompton’, and the stories and history of Chatham Convict Prison. For the next talk, Brian Joyce, author of ‘The Chatham Scandal’ will take a look at the scandalous past of Brompton during the Victorian period. The talk is at 7pm on 28 November 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum. Tickets cost £2 payable on the door. You are advised to book in advance.

For bookings please call 01634 822261 or email deputy-curator@rhqre.co.uk

Full details of this and future events are on http://www.bromptonhistory.org.uk/, or call 01634 822261

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sandc stride Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road Sunday 20th October 2013 10:00am Shorne Woods Country Park consists of ancient woodland, heathland, an old clay extraction pit, meadows and wetlands. The ponds and lakes are beautiful and rich with reeds, rush and willow. A sensory garden has been developed for everyone to enjoy. Within these fantastic surroundings, we have 3 distances available for you to walk: The 10km route takes you through Shorne Woods Country Park onto Cobham Hall Grounds, down through Cobham Village and into Ashenbank Woods and back into Shorne Woods Country Park. The 3km route takes you around the Shorne Woods Country Park. The 1km route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. We’d love to see you donning your pink and hope you’ll join us for another wonderful event. Registration costs £10, under 18’s are free but must be accompanied by an adult. This event is open to all. Click HERE to take part

With the start of another series of the popular BBC show Who do You Think You Are?, Medway residents are invited to discover their family history at Medway Archives & Local Studies Centre (MALSC).
Each week volunteers from Kent Family History Society will be at the Strood centre to help beginners in family history.
The helpdesk is at MALSC every Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am to 12noon.

A new exhibition opened at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre on Thursday, 6 June.

Gillingham and beyond is a free exhibition looking a Gillingham High Street, Brompton, Gads Hill and Rainham in the 1960s. The photographs are taken from the Gillingham Borough Engineers Department, many of the areas shown were demolished during the 1960s. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the shops in Gillingham 1960s style.

Exhibition open during normal opening hours and runs from 6 June to 6 August 2013 at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Clock Tower Building, Strood. For more details visit: http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisureandculture/libraries/archivesandlocalstudies/planningyourvisittomalsc.aspx

Students from Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone, Kent will become real-life engineers for on Thursday (April 18) when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems. More

Discover your family’s history with help from Kent Family History Society. The Society is offering courses at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Strood, on Wednesdays 10, 17, 24 April, and Saturdays 13 and 20 April from 10am to noon on all dates. Courses are free but places must be booked in advance. All courses require computer use. To book a place phone 01634 332714.

Butchers in Cliffe with thanks to MALSC (Medway Archiives & Local Studies Centre

Shops of Medway are the subject of a new exhibition and talk at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

These we have loved: Shops, stores and emporia of Medway is on from Monday, 19 November to Tuesday, 29 January.

This exhibition is reminiscence about local shops and stores, with photographs, advertisements and history of some of Medway’s best-loved stores. Featuring Leonards, Bates, Featherstones, the Lefevre stores and many others.

Window-shopping in Medway: Department stores remembered is the subject of a talk on Wednesday, 5 December at 2.30pm.

The exhibition and the talk are free. For more details and for opening times contact the archive centre on 01634 332714 or visit our website

Popular TV series Who Do You Think You Are is back on our screens, and to tie in with this Kent Family History Society will be running a series of family history training events for beginners. More

Find out how to research your family history and uncover the secrets of your ancestors’ past at an exhibition and two special talks being held at Eastgate House over the next two weeks. More

Hi Everyone!

Less than 1 week to go before the big event and everyone is keeping their fingers (and everything else)-crossed that the weather stays as bright as sunny as the last few days. More

Sunday 23rd October 2011, walk starts 10am.
Open to all: family and friends, including our 4-legged ones. More

THE FINAL countdown to Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Hoo, Rochester has started and local people are being urge to seize their chance to join the unique fundraising event. More

Men, women and children whose lives have been touched by cancer are being invited to play a key role in Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life. More

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