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Library Volunteer Group

Library Volunteer Group

The Librarian advises the Council on the management of the Society's library collections which include books, journals, images, maps and archival material. Topics focus on the archaeology and local history of Kent. 

Group News

Volunteers needed for a little light data entry

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 30 March 2020

The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets. You're not required to rummage through old bound volumes as the Met Office has already scanned the necessary documents - all 65,000 sheets.


Library acquisitions

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 2 February 2020

New titles that have arrived include:

  • Tithe Schedules in DVD format
  • "The excavation of a medieval rural settlement at the Pepper Hill Lane electricity substation, Northfleet, Kent" by Alan Hardy
  • "Structure and agency in small-scale production: an historical archaeology of the clay tobacco pipemakers of Kent" by Brian Boyden
  • "Making the invisible visible: new survey and investigations of the 1A hillforts of Bigbury and Oldbury in Kent" by Andrew Bates



New books in the Library

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 27 November 2019

1. Medieval adaption, settlement and economy of a coastal wetland: the evidence from around Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent. 2008. Luke Barber and Greg Priestley-Bell. 

2. TRAC 2002: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference: Canterbury 2002. 2003. Gillian Carr (ed.)

New acquisitions

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 1 August 2019

Two new titles have come into the library:

  • "Culture and society at Lullingstone Roman villa" by Caroline K. Mackenzie and
  • "William Lambarde's reading, revision and reception: the life cycles of the Perambulation of Kent" by Frederic Clark et. al. 

These will out on display for a few weeks, for easy access, before being shelved.

Thames Gateway reports

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 31 July 2019

Reports on the Greater Thames Estuary can be accessed online for free. 

The Greater Thames Estuary Historic Environment Research Framework

Authors: Essex County Council, Historic Environment Branch

Digital Public Library of America

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 14 July 2019

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. On January 6, 2016, The New York Public Library enhanced access to all public domain items in Digital Collections so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.

KM Group digital archive

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 9 June 2019

The KM Group digital archive is available online. It has been expanded to include the newspapers from both the First and Second World Wars.

The archive provides a fascinating insight into Kent’s leading role in the Great War, World War II (especially the Battle of Britain) and will prove an invaluable tool for anyone interested in the period.


Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 8 June 2019

One of the latest acquisitions for the library includes "Workhouses of London and the South East" by Peter Higginbotham.