London & South East Local Studies Forum 2014

London & South East Local Studies Forum 2014
Kent History & Library Centre, Maidstone
Thursday 13th March 2014
11am – 4pm

Cost: Free

 The annual event for local studies staff in London & South East to share ideas

The annual event is a great opportunity to share ideas and questions with local studies professionals across the region and to hear about a project from one of our members.

This year the event will be held at Kent’s new purpose built archive and local studies centre. The Kent History & Library Centre houses around 14 kilometres of historic material relating to Kent dating back to 699 AD together with one of the county’s best public libraries.

As well as tours of the new centre, we will be about how the KHLC has been successfully working with the county’s local history groups.

There will also be time to discuss developments in the region and time to catch-up with fellow professionals during a “networking packed lunch”. Please note, lunch is not included. 

We also want to hear about what all local studies units are doing and what concerns you have. If you can attend the forum you will be asked for details during the bookings process. If you cannot attend, we still want to hear what you have been doing. Please e-mail We will circulate news reports however concerns will be treated anonymously.

To book, please visit or for more information please contact Tony Pilmer via


11.00                            registration and coffee

 11.30                            welcome                                               Forum Chair

 11.45 – 1.15                  presentation on community history and archives projects in Kent by Mark Bateson, with members of Harrietsham History Society. 

 1.15 – 2.00                    lunch and networking

 2.00-3.00                       group discussion on Community archives; information exchange examples of good practice              

 3.00- 3.15                      tea

 3.15 – 4.00                    brief history of the new building and tour

 4.00                               end