2019 Projects

2019 Project Programme

If you wish to be involved in any of these projects (or have an idea of your own) please contact Richard at richard@hrgs.co.uk

  1. Digitisation Project

    To digitise over 4000 local photographs, maps, microfilm, and 6,000 artifacts currently in the possession of the group…it will make them more accessible to researchers.         2019-onwards


    Sittingbourne War Memorials Project    

    Sittingbourne War Memorials Project – the research into 3000+ names commemorated locally on the war memorials of 27 parishes. In scope are:

    Bapchild, Bobbing, Borden, Bredgar, Doddington, Faversham, Frinsted, Hartlip, Iwade, Kingsdown, Lower Halstow, Lynsted, Milton Regis, Milstead, Murston, Newington, Newnham, Norton Buckland and Stone, Rainham, Rodmersham, Sheppey, Sittingbourne, Stockbury, Teynham, Tonge, Tunstall , and Upchurch.

    Each name continues to be investigated to tell their personal stories.  This project will include a Walk of Reflection in the summer of 2019.


    Bredhurst Dig       

    Bredhurst archaeological project…a project originally excavating the remains of a medieval manorial house dating back to the 13th century.  The finds assemblage chronologically spans from the Mesolithic period through to the 20th century.     2010- ongoing


    Rose Hill Archaeological Project

    An archaeological investigation into the remains of neo-classical house dating to the 18th century.    2015-2017. Now focusing on finds processing and analysing to enable information to be added to a new Rose Hill touch screen and Rose Hill House website. Join our Facebook page to find out when events are scheduled.


    Archive Review     

    Restructure the Archive recording process for donations and existing artefacts and records.         2017-2020


    1940’s Diary      

    Digitise, transcribe, research the diary of David Joyce who kept a diary throughout 1940. Once the research is complete, researchers will then decide how best to tell the story that David Joyce has left us. 2017-2020.    

    Archaeological Finds Review  (Handling History)     

    To examine more than 4000 archaeological finds which had been left in one of the old cells at Milton Regis Court Hall by the dissolved Sittingbourne and Swale Archaeological Research Group in the late twentieth century.  These finds need re-packaging, analysing, conserving, storing and presenting. A selection would be then available to display in the Heritage Hub in Sittingbourne, and other local heritage groups within the Swale Museum Group area.  2017-2020


    WW1 DVD  

    Working in conjunction with local film animator Colin Harvey and other local groups we are proposing to produce a DVD to tell the story of the role played by the community and the significance that Swale played during WW1.  This was ‘storyboarded’ and scripted in 2019.  Michael Peters has agreed to narrate it.    Expected output Jan – Nov 2019.


    WW1 Survivor – Fred Harris

    Digitise, transcribe, and research the tape recording of a survivor from the First World War, Fred Harris. Once his story has been researched, researchers will then decide how best to tell the story and decide how best to pass this on to the public. 2019


    Famous Local People

    A timeline showing notable famous people who have walked our streets over the millennium of time. A few researchers would like to create a timeline of local famous people, which will also tell us a little bit about their lives.


    Transcriptions of Burial, Birth, Marriage Records

    Transcribing parish records from microfilm held in the HRGS research Archives.


    A Stroll Through Time

    Capturing the memories of two local historians. We are currently working on recording their recollections of how life used to be in times gone by, both along Sittingbourne High Street and Milton Regis High Street.