ABOUT KENT PHOTO ARCHIVE
The Kent Photo Archive website is run and maintained by a small group of volunteers interested in restoring and preserving old photographs of Kent and making them available for the public to view.
It was originally created in 2004 as part of a lottery funded joint project between Maidstone Museum and Maidstone Camera Club. The project objective was to restore a collection of glass plate images found in the storerooms of the Museum and establish a database record together with high resolution digital scans of each image.
At the completion of the project the ‘Kent Photo Archive’ website was produced to fulfill the lottery fund requirement to make the images available for public viewing.
The fund was subequently wound up once the ‘requirements’ were completed.
Since then volunteers have continued to work with Maidstone Museum to record and digitise other archive photo collections in their possession and to add them to the website.
Over the years the site has expanded by attracting interest from other ‘owners’ of historic images of Kent and – as of January 2019 – Kent Photo Archive now includes images from over 20 Kent Museums, Historical Societies and Private Collectors. The current total is over 25000 old images, of which around 7000 are accompanied by modern pictures taken at the same locations giving the viewer a ‘then and now’ comparison.
Further interest and participation is generated through our two Facebook pages – ‘Kent Photo Archive’ and ‘Finding Lost Kent’. The latter has enabled us to post, and have identified, many images of buildings and places which were previously unlocated by us.
All work is ongoing and more images are added on a regular basis. Other ‘collections’ are also added as and when they become available.
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