Romney Marsh History Societies
Romney Marsh has a rich history and many people on the Marsh have formed groups to investigate this history and help preserve it for future generations. These history groups, who also look into family histories, are open to all to join.
The Brenzett History Group was formed in 2019 with the purpose of researching and documenting the history of Brenzett to ultimately share its findings on a website.
They are a lively group who meet from September to March inclusive at the Brenzett Village Hall, Brenzett, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on the third Monday of each month. The membership fees are £15 / year.
Please visit the Brenzett History Group to find our more.
Dymchurch & District Heritage Group was formed in January 2010 and have gone from strength to strength with a strong membership. Meetings are held regularly at the Methodist Church, High Street, Dymchurch and the Society has its own Heritage Room at the rear of the Methodist Church. They are open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 2pm to 5pm.
Annual membership is £5 per person; please contact the Secretary Margaret Walker email. Admission for meetings is £2 for members and £3 for non-members.
Please visit the Dymchurch & District Heritage Group website to find out more.
The Friends of Lydd, Registered Charity No. 274692, are an historic society and are the custodians of the Lydd Town Museum which opens daily during the summer months plus bank holiday weekends. The museum is situated in the old fire station Queens Road, Lydd and was first opened in 1978.
Meetings are held monthly in Hardy Hall, Skinner Road, Lydd on 3rd Wednesday each month at 7.30 pm, when speakers are engaged to give talks and at times slides or films covering their subject. These talks are varied and of interest to the majority of members and we do encourage visitors to our meetings for a small fee to help cover the costs and in the hope of enrolling new members.
The subscription is currently £5 per year per member and, providing the number are kept up, this will continue for the foreseeable future. For information about membership please email the Secretary, Alice Boxall.
For more information about the Friends of Lydd, please see their History of Friends of Lydd.
Friends of Martello24
The Friends of Martello24, Registered Charity No. 1172376 are a Romney Marsh trust set up to advance the education of the public in the history and heritage of Martello Tower No. 24. This to be achieved particularly by working In partnership with English Heritage to open Martello Tower No 24 to the public on a published regular basis. The trust also has aims to work with the owners of other historic buildings in Dymchurch to achieve greater awareness of these buildings
Please visit the Friends of Martello24 website to find out more.
The New Romney History Society are a group of local people who are interested and enthusiastic about the history of New Romney and its local area. They meet monthly for lively discussions and are often joined by visiting speakers. During some meetings they examine local historical records and documents eg church registers of marriages, baptisms etc, old school documents.
The Society meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7.30p in the Old School, New Romney. New members are welcome; please contact the Secretary John Cobb email. There is an annual membership fee is £10.00.
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings for a nominal charge of £3.
Please visit the New Romney History Society website to find out more.
The Heritage Group of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Association was formed to ensure a process by which to preserve items of historical interest and value associated with the 80 plus years existence of the railway. As part of the activities of the group, several collections of photographs, postcards and articles of printed matter have been acquired. These collections are being added to there website where you can search for items.
The Association publishes The Marshlander, a quarterly heritage railway magazine sent exclusively to Association Members. It has been running since 1967 and aims to record events on the Railway from current news through recounting historical occasions. Each magazine contains updates from various departments on the railway as well as contributions from readers/members.
To join the Heritage Group, please email the Association.
Please visit the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Association Heritage Group website to find out more.