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May 092017

Catalogues, Collections and ArChives Seminar

Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Chartham, Kent CT4 7JA

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 15th July 2017

East Kent is rich in records for family historians and others and we visit Canterbury, home of Canterbury Cathedral Archives, whose records go back to the 8th century.  We have assembled specialist speakers from the Kent area that should interest all attendees.   With an optional visit to Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library along with the possibility of a guided tour of the Cathedral this seminar will appeal to all.

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09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – David Burgess
10:10 – 11:10 Church records over the centuries: the collection of Canterbury Catherdral Archives – Cressida Williams (Canterbury Cathedral Archivist)
11:10 – 11:20 Comfort Break
11:20 – 12:20 Using Canterbury’s Civic Records to uncover the lives of late Medieval Townspeople – Dr Sheila Sweertingburgh
12:20 – 13.15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14.15 Probate Records and East Kent’s unrivalled Collections – Dr David Wright
14:15 – 14:25 Comfort Break
14:25- 15:00 Presenting Your Statistics – Dr Nikki Brown
15:00 – 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 – 16.30 When in Want or Distress: the records of the Parish Overseer – Peter Ewart
16.30 Close of Seminar

Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

The seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £20.00.

Chartham is 4 miles from Canterbury and easily reached by train from Canterbury West or Ashford International.  Chartham village hall is a few minutes walk from the station and there is ample car parking.

On the afternoon of Friday 14th July there is the opportunity to visit the Cathedral Archives, with a further opportunity to visit, and join an optional private tour of, the Cathedral.  Further details with tour joining instructions are available here and booking requests should be emailed to

We would like to ensure that any delegate with a disability can participate fully in this event.  Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email

An accommodation listing, including details of a choice of 2 Friday evening meals, is now available here. A number of delegates and members of the organising committee will be staying at the Travelodge Canterbury Dunkirk and will meet for dinner at the adjacent Sheila’s Kitchen restaurant.  The seminar organiser will be staying in Canterbury itself at The White House guest house and organising a table for dinner nearby at The Old Weavers Restaurant.

Full revised joining instructions are now available here; the level crossing in Chartham has now re-opened


To book on this seminar, you can use our our online form¹ in any of three ways:

  • Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;
  • For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);
  • Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 2nd July2017. All bookings will be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after this date.

**Although bookings officially closed on 2nd July we do still have some late availability places so on-line booking is still live**

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email to

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