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Allen Grove Local History Fund

Allen Grove Local History Fund

This is a special fund established by the will of the late Allen Grove which is administered by the Society.


The grants are awarded annually to encourage interest in Kent’s local history. Sums of up to £500 (or more for ‘exceptional projects’) are available to help cover the cost of research, publications, exhibitions and other projects.


Allen Grove was one of the county’s most eminent historians of his generation. He was Curator of Maidstone Museum from 1948 to 1975, Hon. Curator of the KAS for 26 years (and its President in 1987/88) and Chairman of the Kent History Federation for eight years.


When he died in 1990 he left £26,000 from the proceeds of the sale of his house to the KAS, with instructions that the society should invest the legacy and distribute the interest in ways that would promote the enjoyment of Kent's local history.


The first grants were made in 1994. Since then more than £30,000 has been awarded, mainly to support the publication of books and booklets but also for oral history projects, establishing archives and research centres, and presenting displays in heritage centres and museums.


Past recipients have been Harrietsham History Society (£400 for a laptop PC to record a village history archive) and Mrs Merrilyn Lee (£250 towards printing a book on the history of Jesus Hospital, Canterbury)


Applications must be received by the Allen Grove Fund Secretary, Kate Kersey by 30th September on a form that can be downloaded from the website here


For further information email or send a letter by post to the The Allen Grove Fund Secretary, 5 Greensand Road, Bearstead, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 8NY

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