Tonbridge History

Tonbridge Historical Society collections

The Society collects historic material relating to the town, in the form of Pictorial Records, Archives,
and Artefacts.

Pictorial Records

The Society holds a large collection of images of Tonbridge, mainly photographs dating from c1860 to the present day. The collection, which totals over 8000 images, includes numerous Tonbridge postcards, and a selection of press photographs from the Courier newspaper (Courier copyright).

More than 900 pre-1950 of images from the Pictorial Records collection can be seen in the Pictures - pre-1950 section of this website, and a further 300 photos taken between 1963 and 1980 in the Pictures 1963-1980 section.

If you have anything you would like to offer for the collection, or wish to enquire about items we already hold, please contact us.

Archives

The Society holds a sizeable collection of original documents relating to the town’s history – buildings, people and events. They are arranged under headings which include Business, Trade and Industry, Estate and Property, Education and Charities, and Local Government. There are also several collections personal to a donor with a variety of material within them. Our archival material is used for personal historical research purposes, to answer enquiries and to complement the Society’s photograph collection at exhibitions.

A catalogue of the Archive Collection is available here: 

We would be interested to hear of items suitable for donation to the archives. If you have anything you would like to offer for the collection, or wish to enquire about items we already hold, please contact us.

Artefacts

The Society is building a permanent collection of artefacts relating to the town’s history and the past way of life of Tonbridge people, and would welcome offers of items to go into it.

We are interested in any items associated with the town or with people who were born or lived or worked here, including items made or traded in Tonbridge and items which show what life was like for Tonbridge people, such as small domestic items, fashion accessories, souvenirs of events, etc.

If you have anything you would like to offer for the collection, please contact us.



The Society's store in Tonbridge Castle has kindly been made available by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. Space is limited so we regret we cannot at present accept large items.

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