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Medway local history and archives


Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre is the place to visit for anyone researching the history, geography and people of Medway. We cover Rochester, Strood, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and surrounding villages and communities, including the Isle of Grain.

Due to the imminent move of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre to new premises we are unable to consider any potential donations at this time. If you are considering making a donation, please e-mail malsc@medway.gov.uk (for the attention of the archivist/librarian) and we will be able to advise on the procedure.


The current Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre closed on Friday, 3 March 2017 to relocate to our new site at 32 Bryant Road, Strood, where we will be opening again for service in the coming weeks.

During this closure, electoral registers can be viewed at Gun Wharf. Please contact the Electoral Services Team on 01634 332030 to arrange an appointment.


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