If you haven't managed to visit the new Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone you now have even more reason to do so.  A new programme of talks has just started and covers a great variety of topics including 17th century shopping, reading journals, oral histories and war, rebellion and revolution.


Starting at 6.45pm, the thursday evening talks cost just £3 and are being held by a variety of experts. To grab a ticket please call the library on 08458 247 200 or email: historyanlibrarycentre@kent.gov.uk.


25 April 2013 - Dr David Wright ( Society of Genealogists) on 'Kent probate records'.


2 May 2013 -Ms Liz Finn (Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives) on 'The reading journal of Martha Winthrop (?1814-1855)'.


9 May 2013 - Alan Stockwell (Society for Theatre Research) on 'Kent theatre in the time of Jane Austen'.


16 May 2013 - Dr Barrie Cook (Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum) on 'Shopping in 17th century Kent - the evidence of private tokens'.


23 May 2013 - Mr Christoph Bull  (Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives) on 'The Good, Bad & Ugly: 160 amusing years of Kentish public libraries'.


30 May 2013 - Dr Lynda Pearce (Oral Historian: Dover Museum) on 'Conversations with the past: Oral Histories of East Kent at War'.


6 June 2013 - Mr Tony Fairman (Independent Researcher, Maidstone) on 'Letters written by the lower classes in England, 1750-1834'.


The Kent History and Library Centre can be found at James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent. ME14 1LQ and don't forget, tickets can be booked in advance by calling 08458 247200 or emailing historyandlibrarycentre@kent.gov.uk.