Disc one – 1 hour – the oral history recordings
Disc two – 2 hours – archive films of Medway
More about the DVD
Disc one includes oral history recordings edited with clips of archive film material of the Medway and West Kent from the collection at Screen Archive South East.
These include memories of hop-picking, the Venetian Fete at Tonbridge, the annual carnival procession at Maidstone, rides on the ‘Medway Queen’ paddle steamer and working life at Shorts Brothers factory in Rochester. Disc one also features information about the project and the events that took place in Tonbridge, Maidstone, Rochester and the Medway Towns.
Extracts from disc one of the DVD can also be viewed online:
- Introduction to the Project
- Medway on Screen: Memories of the River Medway and West Kent
- Medway on Screen: A Selection of Oral Histories by Place
- Medway on Screen: Participating in Black History Month
Disc two features seven full-length archive films from the collection at Screen Archive South East, which were used as the catalyst for the project. The films date from the 1930s and 1940s, and several feature an introduction based on local history research carried out during the project.
The full-length films are also available to view online:
- Chegworth Watermill (ca.1946) showing the miller carrying out his daily duties
- In the Medway Valley (1930s) which follows the course of the River Medway from its source to Aylesford
- In the Hop Fields of Kent (1930) which charts a year in the life of a Kent hop garden
- Kent Messenger Newsreel (1930s) A compilation of newsreel items captured by the Kent Messenger newspaper
- Procession Gazette (ca.1930) showing a rain-drenched parade through the streets of Maidstone
- St Bartholomew’s Hospital (1930s) a fundraising film for Rochester’s former general hospital
- Watery Trail (1938) which takes us on a journey down the River Medway from source to sea
The Medway on Screen project was created and managed by Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Centre for Kentish Studies (now The Kent History and Library Centre), Medway Archives & Local Studies Centre and Tonbridge Library.