Chat with the Archivist

Do you have memories or inherited family stories of Rochester Bridge and Esplanade during the war? Would you like to add them to an archive dating back more than six centuries?

Chats with the Archivist is a new series of bookable, conversational, sessions for people to meet the Rochester Bridge Trust Archivist and share their stories.

They are free to attend sessions at the Bridge Chapel and share their stories of Rochester Bridge in wartime.

Alison Cable, Archives Manager for the Trust, explained: “Here at the Trust we have a fascinating archive containing thousands of documents relating to the history of Rochester Bridge. These range from deeds for land and property to complex engineering plans, and in among them are letters and notes giving glimpses into the personal history of those involved with the bridge.

“We know there are lots of people with stories to tell and so to complement the documentation we are inviting people to share personal histories during these sessions. People are asked to book in order to minimise queuing at busy periods.”

Chats with the Archivist take place on the first four Wednesdays in May: 1, 8, 15, and 22 May, between 11am and 4pm, with the last slots booked for 3pm to allow people time to share their story. Please email to book a place.

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