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Go online to discover Kent in World War One

Discussion in 'Sevenoaks History' started by Kent County Council, Jul 11, 2014. Replies: 0 | Views: 2740

  1. A new interactive online timeline charting Kent and Medway’s experience of World War One has been launched.


    The timeline of events has been researched by KCC Libraries Time2Give volunteers who have trawled the resources at the Kent History and Library Centre (KHLC).

    Among the 14km of historical documents held at KHLC, there is an extensive collection of World War One archive material. The new timeline uncovers some of the significant events and activities to hit Kent during the conflict and links to resources where users can find out more.

    It is part of a series of information and activities organised and supported by KCC as part of the First World War Centenary to commemorate those who lived, fought and died.

    Mike Hill, KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:
    The timeline starts in April 1914, before the outbreak of war, when Voluntary Aid Detachments were carrying out mock rescue operations in Faversham in preparation for the looming conflict.

    It marks major events such as the explosion of the minelayer Princess Irene in May 1915 in the Medway estuary and devastating air raids alongside personal stories of people from Kent. For example, on 24 December 1914, the first bomb fell on British soil, which landed in a cabbage patch next to the rectory at St James’ Church in Dover. Gardener James Banks was knocked out of a tree but escaped with bruises.

    Volunteer Julia Booth, who compiles the timeline, said:

    The timeline is just one of the ways that Kent is commemorating the centenary of the conflict this year.

    KCC has helped to fund the new Folkestone Arch memorial, a project by the StepShort charity, which is due to be opened on 4 August by Prince Harry.

    On the same day, a major exhibition - Kent Voices of the First World War – will be opened by Paul Carter at the Kent History and Library Centre which will run until the end of October and the council is also taking part in the national ‘Lights Out’ initiative which will see lights turned off at 11pm, leaving just one light or candle remaining.

    To see what happened in your area of Kent during World War One, visit the timeline.

    Anyone who wants to learn more about Kent’s role in the First World War can visit the Kent History and Library Centre, access the library catalogue or the archive catalogue.

    Local history collections are also available in the main district libraries, including census records, photographs, maps, newspapers, memorabilia and books.

    Find out more information on volunteering opportunities in Kent's libraries.

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