Thursday, 17 October 2013

Kent History Centre Archives User Group

I've been asked to give the following a quick plug by genealogist Celia Heritage, concerning a new Kent History Centre Archives User Group that has been established - the group also has a Facebook page at

Our aim is to enhance the interface between the public and archives at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.

The Kent History Centre User Group has recently been established in order to improve the experience for archives users at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.

Since the move from the previous archives at the Centre for Kentish Studies many issues have arisen which are inhibiting easy access to information in the archives. At the initial meeting of the group a wish list of changes was established and we hope to work with the management at the Kent History and Library Centre (where the archives is now situated) to improve things for all users of the archives. Among our priorities are the following: the re-introduction of the paper catalogues and indexes into the search room (The online catalogue is far from complete), updating of the archives user guides on the KHLC website, to improve the booking system, to improve training for the staff on the archives reception and search room desks many of whom currently are not familiar with the archival holdings, and to improve the layout of the archives to make it more conducive to study.

(With thanks to Celia)


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