Chatham's History in the News

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Chatham Historical Society's past talks and events

9th May 2013 - Paranormal Kent by Neil Arnold

Neil told us about his investigation of tales of paranormal activity, in particular those associated with Blue Bell Hill and the village of Pluckley.

11th May 2012 - Dover: KHF One Day Conference and Transport Museum

Some Chatham Historical Society members attended Kent History Federation's 2013 One Day Conference at Maison Dieu, Dover, and later visited Dover Transport Museum.

At the conference.

With the Mayor of Dover, Councillor Mrs Anne Smith.

At Dover Transport Museum.

13th June 2013 - Chatham Traction by Richard Bourne

The Friends of Chatham Traction are restoring a pre WWII double deck bus that used to serve the people of Medway.
Richard Bourne, Chairman of the Friends, gave us a brief history of the Chatham and District Traction Company and a more detailed history of bus GKE 68 which is currently being restored.

20th June 2013

A new local history book "The Medway Towns, river, docks and urban life" by Sandra Dunster was launched at the University of Greenwich Medway Campus.

Pictured is Sandra Dunster (2nd from right) with three CHS members who had been volunteers on the project.

11th July 2013 - Lost Empires of Variety and Music Halls by Wilf Lower

Mr Lower gave us a talk, illustrated with still and moving pictures, about the buildings and characters that gave us this entertainment for the working classes. His personal experiences provided an extra dimension to the stories.

3rd August 2013

A visit to the Gurdwara at Gravesend

12th September 2013 - Women's Land Army by Dr Ann Knief

A look at the life of women in WW2, their jobs, work and recreation and the changes which were brought about  because the men were serving in the forces.

10th October 2013 - Historic Buildings of Kent by David Carder

We were given an illustrated talk discussing the development of some of Kent's historic towns, including Canterbury, Rochester, Sandwich, Faversham and  Maidstone. Included were some of their less-well-known buildings, many of which can be visited.

14th November 2013 - The Grange Roman Colonia by Vic Chidley

Vic's talk was based on his personal involvement in the excavation and archaeology of this important Roman site in Gillingham.

13th February 2014 - Lord Haw-Haw by Brian Joyce

The society were given a talk about the life of Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce), how he became the German radio propaganda broadcaster, and the events that led to his arrest, trial and execution.

13th March 2014 - Flanders Fields by Melanie Gibson-Barton

A talk which looked at some well known and not so well known WW1 sites of Belgium in a themed way which appealed to all elements of the audience.

10th April 2014 - Annual General Meeting

After the business part of the meeting we were entertained by a 1950s short promotional film showing people enjoying their holidays.