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This Archive Centre hosts an extensive collection of maps, records, stories and historic material relating to the ancient county of Kent. The collections are made up of printed, original manuscripts and audio-visual material. It is open to all, offering a range of activities and spaces to enjoy and also reading rooms for research. Be sure to contact their team in advance of your trip so you can make the most of your visit. They are hugely helpful, but are most helpful when they know in advance what and who you are researching.

You may also find useful the information on Find My Past which can be accessed without a visit to the Centre.
Parish registers dated before 1920 held by the Kent Archive service are now available to view and search on FindMyPast.
Over 2.6 million fully indexed baptism, banns, marriage and burial records spanning more than 400 years of Kent history are now online at:
Kent Baptism:
Kent Marriage and Banns
Kent Burials
Kent Parish Register Browse



 Tour duration: 1 hour

Opening Hours

Tue to Sat: 9am - 5pm
Mon to Sun: Closed
A free tour runs from 2pm - 3pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

Contact us at: or 03000 420673

James Whatman Way
Kent, ME14 1LQ