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 - 9th November 2017 at 7:15pm
Lampard Centre, Sally Port, Brompton, ME7 5BU

A Schoolgirl's War   by Mary Smith


Mary Smith was headteacher of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls until 2014 and has recently produced a book entitled "A Schoolgirl's War". The book features the exquisite and highly original art work of the art teacher at that school during WW2, who set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of school children as the war unfolded. There is unlikely to be a similar collection of pictures anywhere.

Mary also contacted 53 "old girls" who were at the school during the war. They shared their fascinating memories and anecdotes - which included disrupted schooling, air-raids, doodlebugs, and underground lessons in shelters.

Copies of the book can be bought at the talk. 


Issue 13 (Summer 2016)
  Available now.
See the Medway Chronicle webpage for details.