Kent Local Study Resources

The population in England and Wales in 1911 was 38 million. This was sixteen million less than the population today.  In Kent the population growth at the end of the nineteenth century coincided with the growth of the railway which enabled goods and passengers to travel from railway towns like Maidstone, Ashford, Sittingbourne and Tunbridge Wells to London in a little over an hour. The ports along the coast (Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate) also thrived during the period as trade with France and the continent attracted companies and workers to the south of the county.

To help you find out more about your local area click on the links below. Use local historical maps, photographs, trade directories and newspaper accounts to research the town or area around your school. Maybe you need to talk to a local expert? If that is the case why not contact your local Records Office or History Society?

Exploring Kent’s Past? – Visit the Kent Historic Environment Record Office

Heritage Conservation Group, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XX   Tel: 01622 221636

Planning a local study in Kent? Then visit the Heritage Conservation Group or access many of their resources online.

Starting Points! 3 Super Study Packs for Key Stages 2 and 3

Village Study of Wye (pdf)

Landscape study of Vinters Park

Urban study of Canterbury City Walls

Aerial photographs of Kent from between 1946 – 2000

Exploring Kent’s Past? – The Kent Archives and Local History Service

Kent Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ   Tel: 01622 694363

View the Kent Archives and Local History Service online catalogue

The catalogue contains information and details relating to the history of people and places in Kent. In total there are 14 kilometres of historic records dating back to 699 AD including manuscripts, volumes, charters, maps, prints and photographs

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Here’s History Kent – “The one stop shop!”

This excellent site contains historical maps, photographs and trade directories about all the parishes in Kent. Use the simple search tool to find copyright free resources and information covering the period from the 16th to the beginning of the 20th Century.

Other resources

Kent Family History

Visit the website to read the Kent Archives and Local History Service Guide. Find out how to begin researching your family tree

The Local History Clubs and Societies Database

Kent Archaeological Society

Kent Historic Towns – Find out online about the growth and development of the main towns in Kent

Kent Registration Services – Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Kent online Reference Library – View Times Digital and many other online newspapers and periodicals

Full project report (pdf)

Kent resources list (pdf)

Click here to view or download Kent resources list (pdf)

Last updated 1/4/11