Chatham Historical Society was founded in 1950. Its objectives are to bring together those who are interested in the history and archaeology of the Medway Towns and the immediate surrounding area, and to collect and record material relating to the history of this area.

We hold monthly meetings at which guest speakers talk about subjects of historical and/or local interest. All the meetings are open to the public, and visitors are very welcome. See the Meetings webpage for details.

Next meeting

Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 7:15pm

St Stephen's Church

Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4 6JE


Medway Memories - a reminiscence session

with Peter Cook

Peter Cook will give an introduction, explaining how he gathers his local history stories for his Medway Memories pages in the Medway Messenger. Please bring along any photos or small objects you may have of the Medway Towns which might inspire some stories or reminiscences of life in days gone by. This will be an informal session and all are welcome.


The picture above shows the devastation after a parachute mine fell on Ordnance Street, Chatham. If you look closely you can just see - but only just - two small boys surveying the scene. One of them was Stephen Foy, who many years later, after seeing the picture on the Medway Memories pages, told the story of how he missed death by minutes on the night that bomb fell. Many more revelations followed on from the article, and a memorial to those who died has since been installed in Ordnance Street.

Issue 14 (Winter 2017)
  Available now.
See the Medway Chronicle webpage for details.