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Medway Archives Centre Lecture Series

13th March | 2:00 pm

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A horse drawn cart can be seen in an image of a historical street scene.

Our lecture series started in February, and we’re delighted to welcome knowledgeable speakers to give the remaining lectures in the series.

Tickets are £4 each. Advance booking essential, call 01634 332714 or email archives@medway.gov.uk

A Meander along Rochester High Street – Geoff Ettridge
For over 10 years Geoff has used tours and rambles to tell something of our past – and to raise money for good causes. Rather like pop groups bringing out an album of their greatest hits, Geoff will draw from his various tours to make connections between places along the high street, and our local and national past.
Wednesday 13 March, 2pm

The Real Oliver Twist: The Story of Charles Dickens and the Infant Pauper Asylum at Tooting – Amanda Thomas
On 20 January 1849 a moving article was published in the weekly journal, The Examiner. Entitled, ‘The Paradise at Tooting’, its author, Charles Dickens, gave a damning account of the running of the Infant Pauper Asylum at Tooting, south-west London. In this talk author and historian, Amanda Thomas, will explain what went on at Tooting, and how Dickens helped bring the scandal to the public’s attention.
Wednesday 10 April, 2pm

HMS India – Rebecca Clarke
Discover more about the history of P&O cruiser turned First World War Royal Navy ship HMS India. The talk includes dramatic retellings of the torpedo attack with accounts given by crew from both HMS India and the U-boat. Survivors from the attack were interned in Norway for over three years, and one of them was Rebecca’s grandfather-in-law, RA Clarke. Rebecca uses excerpts from RA Clarke’s letters, along with reflections from other internees, to bring the experience of the camp alive and tell their stories.
Wednesday 8 May, 2pm

Railway Street, Chatham – Brian Joyce
In his talk, Brian will examine the history of Railway Street (formerly named Rome Lane) in Chatham. He will begin at the railway station, and finish at Railway Street’s junction with the High Street and Military Road. On the way, Brian will look at the station itself, the New Road viaduct, the now-demolished Rome House, St John’s Church and various businesses that were once found on the street.
Wednesday 12 June, 2pm

The Lost Village of Gillingham – Catharina Clement
Today we think of Gillingham as a large urban area, but it was not always so. Until incorporation in 1903 it was a thriving village in its own right, centred around the parish church of St Mary Magdalene. Sadly, very little of it survives today. Come and discover the illustrated history of the original village.
Wednesday 3 July, 2pm


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Medway Archive Centre
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Strood, ME2 3EP
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