St Mary's Island History Group

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St Mary's Island is a wealth of stories -- of people, heritage, new life and hope.


Welcome to our web site  that is growing as our Group grows.


We have already had some very successful meetings and set up some contact groups.


We have identified research that we want to do on this Island as well as present its many layers of history.



Take time to read our latest Newsletter and we will then look forward to meeting you soon.



Our Twenty Years and more booklets

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There is a further booklet in the St Mary’s Island History Group series where we have drawn together history on the Dutch Raid on the River Medway of 1667. This is a compilation of information with some illustrations describing some of the history leading up to the raid and vario

We also have our booklet on the Medway Hulks -- the de-masted hulks of warships fitted out to take hundreds of convicts and prisoners of war. They floated in the River Medway and off Sheerness with each having a crew of guardians and the convicts coming ashore to work.

We already have sold over a hundred copies of the booklet produced alongside the 20 Years of St Mary’s Island Exhibition. Not forgetting text and illustrations from our St Mary's Island 1914 - 2014 exhibition as booklets.

To get your booklet copies, priced £1, telephone Brian Portway on 01634 891708 or send us a contact message through our web site.  Or see us at the meeting. We meet at St Mary's Island Community Centre, Island Way West,  Chatham  ME4 3EP on the second Monday each two months. See you there.



Gillingham 19th Century in view


Here on St Mary's Island we have a lot of history but for our next meeting we will be looking out over the dockyard walls.


David Burton has brought together a unique collection of old photographs of the Medway area. On Monday, 12 March, he will be speaking to us about 'Gillingham in old photographs.'


His collection goes back into the 19th century and he has researched the history and stories to go with them. So prepare yourself for going back in time as this new technology photography arrived.


We believe there will be some dockyard views as well.


Do check our latest newsletter for what we are about and what is underway.


Also how it is easy to join us and come along on that Monday to see old Gillingham too.





We look forward to you joining us on 12 March to look at old Gillingham..


Further dates are

14 May for the AGM, 16 July,

17 September.


Join us at the Community Centre off Island Way West for 7.30pm.


Visitors welcome £2 which includes refreshments.

Next dates

for meetings

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