About us

Our aim is to investigate, record and promote the history of Sittingbourne and the local area by research, study, education and publication.

We believe that History is the Glue that holds Communities Together

The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne is a non-profit making organisation, set up in 2004, by a group of local volunteer historians. 

The members of the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) share a passion for history, in particular for our local heritage. We run group research projects and support members with their individual research interests. Many of our members are actively involved with archaeology and we hold various events and digs throughout the year.

The Heritage Hub’ in The Forum, Sittingbourne, showcases the results of our research into World War One and our archaeological digs. It is run by volunteers and is open:       Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm.

These are normal opening hours but may be subject to change, and can be opened at other times by appointment.

There is a Research Room, available to our members, which contains a large collection of local resources, including documents, microfilms,  photographs and maps, as well as its own local history and archaeology library.

We publish research articles ten times a year, written by local people for local people, in our magazine called ‘The Archive’. To learn more about us, please visit our Facebook, or pick up a copy of  “The Archive” or pop in and have a chat with our volunteers.

All of our work is carried out by volunteers.  

With over 30,000 hours of time clocked up in 2018, the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne ‘Heritage Team’ volunteers are at the heart of what we do. We carry out local heritage investigations by documentary and archaeological research.  Much of this work is then published and or presented both visually and orally to the community via our exhibition centre, known as The Heritage Hub.

We wish to thank all our volunteers and appreciate the time and effort they put in.  Their work and enthusiasm is appreciated and celebrated  as can be seen below.  We also always welcome all offers from volunteers.  There is always work to be done and whatever your skills and whatever time you can give, we can find something for you to help and enjoy doing.  Call into the Heritage Hub and have a chat with us.  

HRGS 2018-2019 Committee

"One of the best things that has happened in the last 25 years in Sittingbourne was the establishment of HRGS” [to research the fantastic history of the area].

Bill Croydon, past President of HRGS and former CEO, Swale Borough Council.

Privacy Statement

The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) is a not for profit organisation with the aim to investigate, record and promote the history of Sittingbourne and the local area by research, study, education and publication.

The HRGS works to involve and engage with people in the research of local history and archaeology excavations and research in a variety of ways. Research projects; and publications including the 10-monthly magazine – The Archive – see our list of projects.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of our members and sponsors. This privacy statement sets out the way we collect, store and process your personal information in accordance with current UK data protection legislation (the Data Protection Act 1998 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).

This policy may be updated from time to time to ensure we continue to provide you with accurate information.

What is personal information?  

We will collect personal information when you or your organisation join as a volunteer, member or sponsor, enquire or take part in our activities, or subscribe to one of our projects.

Personal information is information that can be used to identify you. Examples of personal information include your name, title, postal address, email address, telephone numbers and photographs. It can also include personal information relating to processes including payment information (such as bank details), and donations, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, information relating to employment or volunteering, or social media interaction. 

What is the legal basis for collecting your information?

The HRGS only collects personal information to enable us to carry out our legitimate interests, to enable us to fulfil our obligations relating to membership and volunteering and project opportunities.

The HRGS’ legitimate interests are:

  • Fulfilling our duty to members and sponsors.
  • The promotion, marketing and advertising of our services and products.
  • Working to improve and develop new and existing services and products.
  • Fundraising and promotion of the interests of the group.
  • Improving understanding the needs of our members and sponsors.
  • Handling enquiries and complaints.
  • Complying with legal requirements and regulations.

How do we use your personal information?

Your personal information will only be accessible to key committee members, and some limited volunteers if it is appropriate in order for them to carry out their role.

We may use your information in a variety of ways including:

  • To process your membership of the HRGS or subscription to The Archive
  • To send you information about the latest HRGS news, projects and events via printed and e-newsletters and email.
  • To send you governance information.
  • To update your information.
  • To send you information about volunteering opportunities and fundraising.
  • To profile information for the purposes of research.

We will not sell or pass on your personal information for other organisations to use for their own purposes. As we are part of The Wheels of Time scheme, photos may be passed on to promote the scheme.

We will share your information when we are legally obliged to at the request of a government or law enforcement authority.

Security

You can find out what personal information we hold about you and update your personal information by contacting us.  

You can request the removal of your personal information from our records at any time by contacting us

The HRGS take the security of our members and sponsors personal information very seriously and take appropriate steps to ensure your data is securely stored.

Only authorised personnel are able to access your personal information and all personal information is transferred using secure processes. Our processes and systems are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain secure.

We only hold your personal information for as long as is necessary for us to administer our relationship with you.

If we dispose of your information, it will always be done so securely.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files which are stored on your electronic device when you visit our website.

We do not use any third-party cookies.

Further information

If you have any questions about the HRGS privacy policy and your rights, please contact us.

For further information about data protection and your rights please visit the Information Commissioners Office at https://ico.org.uk/.