Welcome to the Herne Bay Historical Records Society
The HBHRS is flourishing and maintains contact with its members by means of talks during the winter months and excursions to places of interest during the summer. All enquiries should be addressed to either the Secretary or the Curator/Archivist. Interested parties are invited to get in touch with an officer or member of the Committee.

Latest News & Forthcoming Events

Please note, we are currently unable to meet due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Because we are unable to meet this season membership renewals have been deferred and will not be payable until 1st October 2021.
We are accepting and welcome new members during the Covid-19 restrictions. New membership subscriptions will not be payable until 1st October 2021.

Research Room:
We now have a research room based in Pettman House First Herne Bay over sixties club, in Hanover Square Herne Bay CT6 5NY. We welcome any enquiries on many aspects of local history.
Our archives include; old photographs, house histories, newspapers, books and many more original documents. Appointments can be made to examine original documents at Pettman House by prior arrangement.
Email us for more information at : heritagecentrehbhrs@gmail.com.


Thursday February 18th 2021 :
Talk on Dr Tom Armstrong Bowes’ Archive: an overview of current research by Pete Knowles. The talk will take place via zoom 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

Tuesday March 16th 2021 :
Murder, Madness and Mayhem : the Belgian Royal Family - a talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton via zoom 7.30pm.

John Fishpool

John Fishpool 3 Dec 1941 – 28 Feb 2020 :
The HBHRS is sad to announce the passing of John Fishpool. John was a long-standing member of the society and was pivotal in its running, holding the posts of President, Trustee and Treasurer. John loved history and was always very willing to share his extensive knowledge with others including acting as our scheduled speaker on subjects as diverse as “Smuggling”, “Street names” and “The past and present Public Houses of the town”. John compiled the questions for a couple of our fund-raising Wit and Wisdom evenings and enjoyed responding to some of the regular queries we receive from people asking questions, often obscure, about people and historic aspects of the town. One of the more tangible examples of John’s willingness to share his knowledge, has been his authorship and co-authorship of no less than seven books in the Herne Bay Past series, with noteworthy input into many of our other volumes. John’s eighth book is at an advanced stage and due for publication within the next month or two and it is sad to reflect that he will not see this in its published form. We hope to be able to go ahead with publication of this title in due course and although details are yet to be agreed or decided, I hope that we can combine the launch of this book with a special HBHRS event to celebrate John’s long involvement with the Society when circumstances permit.