Swale Migration Stories

There is still time to visit one of the pop-up exhibitions that will provide a sense of the rich and varied cultural history of Swale through museum objects, personal stories, photographs, postcards, films, and videos, as well as hands-on experiences and objects to look at and touch, plus much much more for all the family.

Sittingbourne at 34 High Street from 23rd - 30th August 11am-4pm

Did you know Sittingbourne once had the largest papermill in the world? Or the Wright Brothers flew planes on Sheppey in 1910, or that Faversham rehomed and protected refugee Serbian children from WW1 and Jewish children fleeing Germany in WW2! These and other stories and many more waiting to be discovered, experienced, and shared will be waiting for you when you visit the FREE Swale migration stories exhibition.

Swale Migration Stories project is a community wide history project that explores people’s memories, our amazing heritage through the 16 local Swale museums, local history plus our own family stories. We have made 16 free virtual museums tours too for you to watch and visit on YouTube on our Historic Swale channel and some featured below as part of this blog.

(Mike Adams of Radio Faversham Productions went along to visit the exhibition when it visited Faversham and meets with artists and organisers and hears stories of migration. Listen to the interview now) 

Sheppey – Rose Street Cottage – throughout August

You can also find 'Swale Migration Stories' on Facebook, Instagram, You Tube and Twitter

Message the Swale Migration Stories team and say hello and share your family story. The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery and as a thank you to players of the National Lottery pop in and say hello and claim your free ticket to one of three fantastic visitor experiences across Swale! A trip on the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway, a guided walking tour of Faversham or Tea and Cake at Blue Town Heritage Centre. (tickets limited for lottery players only on production of a ticket, scratch card or online app)

Find out just who were our ancestors? What famous people in Swale made a difference to history? What events have made an impact on the community and the wider world. Migration includes the movement of people, animals, or things from one place to another. Migration can be within a country or between countries.

The project has involved Swale Borough Council, Swale Community Voluntary Services, Sheppey Matters, Historic Swale and Heritage Lottery; working with local groups, schools, artists, young people, and museum volunteer staff over the last year - throughout the Covid pandemic, to pull together this exhibition.

Your support is much appreciated!

For more information please email zoe.deveson@swalecvs.co.uk

Swale Migration Stories Free Exhibition Poster For Swale in August 2021

Discover 250 years of history, stories and explore 100 objects that have a migration heritage in Swale.