New Kent & Medway WWI History Timeline launched by the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone

Over the past few weeks there have been some exciting changes to my volunteer role at the Kent History & Library Centre and I am now part of a team of First World War Centenary Volunteers.  I’m thrilled to be involved and over the next year I’ll be sharing some of the projects the team is working on, the people behind them and First World War material held in the library and archive collections.

Julia Booth
Julia Booth

The Team includes Julia Booth, Andy Germaney, Tom Weston, Mark Doel and myself, all Time2Give volunteers, who work under the guidance of Sarah Kyne, Customer Support Assistant and Rob Illingworth, the Service Development Librarian, Local History.

One of the team’s main tasks is to collate information for a Kent and Medway WW1 Historical Timeline; a free, online reference point that details the impact of the war on the county. Julia Booth has taken a lead role in this task. As you can imagine, with a huge range of First World War material to draw on, this has been a challenge and Julia’s achievement is amazing – especially considering the other projects she’s been working on at the same time.

Opening image of the Kent & Medway WWI Historical Timeline
Opening image of the Kent & Medway WWI Historical Timeline

The timeline looks like one long elongated picture and, as you move your cursor along the year line  at the bottom of the screen, colour coded events appear.

Capture WWI Timeline

More information is being added all the time and you can find items relating to the following categories:

Air Raids, Aircraft, Airways, Animals, Armistice, Army, Awards, Conscientious Objectors, Disabled Servicemen, Dover Patrol, Explosions, Food, Hospital Ships, Hospitals, Keeping the home fires burning, Labour Camps, Libraries, Munitions, Observation, Peace, Price Rises, Prisoners of War, Refugees, Remembrance, Restrictions, Shelling from the Sea, Sport, Tribunals, Unrest, Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and the Wounded.

As each description appears you have the option to read ‘more’ and, by clicking on the link, you’ll be referred to a screen that looks like the one below and gives, where possible, further research notes.

Capture WWI Timeline Info

As a final bonus, whenever a source is held within the Kent Library or Archive system, you will be able to click on the link and see the actual catalogue entry. See examples below:

Capture WWI Timeline library linkCalmview capture supplied by RobHope you find it helpful.


Coming Soon – Coverage of the rare records relating to First World War Conscientious Objectors from West Kent held at the Kent History & Library Centre.

The archive & local history collections at the Kent History & Library Centre are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

Address:  Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ

Telephone: 03000 41 31 31   Text relay: 18001 03000 41 31 31  Fax: 01622 696450

You can also find the centre on Facebook


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Rachael Hale (Homes and History Magpie)

Freelance home interiors and Kent history writer. Member of the Society of Authors. Find me via Twitter - @rachaelhale1 Read my home interiors and history blog -

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