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Most of the archive material on this site is shown courtesy of participating local museums and local collectors.
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MAIDSTONE MUSEUM COLLECTION
The largest collection on the site consisting of glass plate, lantern slide, photoprint and postcard images predominently of Kent, but also showing places of interest elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
Number of archive images - 5255
MEDWAY ARCHIVE COLLECTION
Glass plate negatives from the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre at Strood. The collection originated from the Rochester Guildhall Museum and its predecessor Eastgate House Museum.
Number of archive images - 1054
SNODLAND MUSEUM COLLECTION
Prints and postcards from this small museum which prides itself on being a research centre on the area and its people. The museum is run by the members of the Snodland Historical Society.
Number of archive images - 979
LYDD MUSEUM COLLECTION
Lydd Town Museum's photo archive reflects the town's past, including its association with the military, the fishing industry and the local Dungeness lifeboat station.
Number of archive images - 723
ASHFORD MUSEUM COLLECTION
Housed in a 17th Century grade 2 listed building Ashford Museum houses this good collection of old pictures of the town centre and surrounding area.
Number of archive images - 524
EDEN VALLEY MUSEUM COLLECTION
The images here are part of a large collection of prints and postcards dating from the late 19th Century depicting towns and villages in the Eden Valley Kent.
Number of archive images - 300
THE WAR & PEACE COLLECTION
The Rex Cadman glass plate collection showing military personnel and equipment, wartime training and civilian life before, during and after the second world war.
Number of archive images - 4003
THE FREDERICK CARLEY COLLECTION
A selection of images taken by Frederick Carley - a professional photographer in Maidstone during the 1930/40's - showing local scenes and events.
Number of archive images - 283
THE SHEPWAY COLLECTION
Glass plate images taken by the Borough Engineers Department Folkestone between 1900 and 1940. The plates are stored at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.
Number of archive images - 430
THE KENT CHURCHES COLLECTION
A fine collection of glass plate images showing predominently the interiors of Kent churches. The plates are held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.
Number of archive images - 1400
UNIDENTIFIED IMAGES COLLECTION
A selection of old images - believed to be somewhere in Kent - which we have not yet been able to identify/locate.Your help would be appreciated.
Number of archive images - 79