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Herne Bay Historical Records Society – Life is a carnival

At our last meeting members enjoyed a colourful and descriptive presentation by Carol Bosworth which she entitled Life is a Carnival. Based on her lifelong connections with the Herne Bay carnival she explained that her very first appearance was in 1945 when she was one of the fairies on the Muriel Hasland ballet school float. Some of the highlights which she …

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Council to rule on museum control

A campaign to bring the town’s museum under voluntary control is set to take a step forward today (Thursday, 3rd July). Canterbury City Council’s executive is expected to agree to allow the Friends of Herne Bay Museum group to express its interest in running the building in William Street. Legislation under the Localism Act allows community groups to bid to …

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Report: Telling Your Own Story

At our last meeting Margaret Burns gave a presentation on the introduction and benefits of Oral History to local historians which she called “Telling Your Own Story”. As well as being a Society member, she explained that she was also a member of Herne Bay Community Memories Group which had been involved over the past ten years in recording people’s …

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Report: 7th Mar 2013 – Authors and Artists of the South East

“Authors and Artists of the South East” was the subject of Anthea Bryant‘s talk at our last meeting. She commenced her literary journey in Canterbury which Geoffrey Chaucer illustrated so graphically in his medieval Canterbury Tales and also covered more modern connections with Thomas Sidney Cooper, Rupert Bear, Bagpuss as well as Jane Austen, Ian Fleming and Count Zborowski (the …

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Report: 15th Nov 2012 – Old Ashford

Members enjoyed a talk by Richard Filmer entitled “Old Ashford” at the Society’s last meeting. It was illustrated by a large selection of images showing scenes when Ashford was essentially a market town acting as a hub for all the surrounding villages and he described many of the traditional trades such as milling, brewing and tile-making as well as highlighting the farming influences such as …

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Report: 1st Nov 2012 – 80 Years of the HBHRS

Report of Meeting held 1st November Society President, John Fishpool, celebrated the 80th anniversary of the formation of the society by giving a very interesting insight into how the society came into being in 1932 including some of the founding characters, background to the early history of the town and illustrated his talk with some illuminating slides. He said that …

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2013 Calendar

Just in the nick of time – next year’s calendar is now available! The nice people at the Historical Records Society have plundered their extensive picture library to produce a smashing calendar for 2013. The pictures from January to December show the Herne Bay coastline from Hampton to Reculver, from the beginning of the last century up to the 1960s. …

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Walk Back in Time in Herne Bay

As part of the Heritage Open Days weekend in Herne Bay, the Historical Records Society will be conducting one of their excellent and ever-popular Walks Back in Time. This is a leisurely stroll around Herne Bay with the expert historical guides – these walks are always fascinating, and really open your eyes to the wealth of history that’s right under …

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Gallery: 2013 Calendar

Here are the pictures of Herne Bay's seafront, from Hampton to Reculver, that appear in our 2013 Calendar - available from the Herne Bay Museum and other fine establishments around town.

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Programme 2009/2010

Here’s the 2009/2010 programme, to give you an idea of the range of topics covered: 2009 1st October: A.G.M. Followed by: “Images from the archives” 5th November: J & S Wagner: “Phantasmagoria” Magic Lantern Slides 19th November: Mrs. Ann Winter: “People & Lives of the Railway” 3rd December: Miss Jennie Burgess: “Smuggling in & around Birchington” 2010 7th January: Mr. …

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