Kent History Centre Archives
User Group


The Kent History Centre Archives User Group was founded in 2013 to improve the experience for archives users at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. We regularly meet management at KHLC to exchange information on matters of shared interest to the benefit of both Archive Users and Management.

Our Aims

We aim to support the archive management by providing feedback from archives users.

Since we were established, we have encouraged the following changes:

  • Re-introducing much missed paper catalogues and indexes into the search room, such as the Gordon Ward Index and the U (Unofficial) Collections. These make a welcome addition to the online catalogue which is not yet complete.
  • Updating of the archives user guides on the KHLC website
  • Incorporating changes to the online catalogue
  • Making changes to the layout of the archives such as the re-siting of microfilm readers to reduce glare from sunlight
  • Providing a set of questions and scenarios to be used for staff training

Everyone with an interest in the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre, whether a regular or a new user, is encouraged to attend our meetings. If you would like to become a member of the group, or if you would simply like further details of the group’s activities, please email