Research enquiries

Find out more about how we can support researchers in their study of Maidstone Museum objects

Research enquiries

We at Maidstone Museum are always happy to support the research and study of items from our collections, and our Collections Team will be able to offer the guidance and advice necessary to support your work. Our preferred contact method is by online enquiry form below, but we can also be contacted at:

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
St Faith’s Street
ME14 1LH
01622 602838

Useful resources and contacts for enquirers

Resource:Kent History & Library CentreDetails:For local history and archive enquiries
Resource:Kent Archives and Local History ServiceDetails:Online catalogue with listing records held by Kent County Council
Resource:The National ArchivesDetails:For millions of family history and military records
Resource:Kent Family History SocietyDetails:The largest and oldest Family History Society in Kent
Resource:The Army Personnel Centre – Historical Disclosures Section (HD)Details:Has access to army records dating back to the 1920s and can supply copies of documents to the next-of-kin of deceased former soldiers and officers
Resource:Kent Photo ArchiveDetails:Showing images of Kent, including thousands from Maidstone Museums’ collections
Resource:BBC Your PaintingsDetails:Oil paintings in Maidstone Museums’ collections
Resource:Julius Brenchley CollectionDetails:Maidstone’s New World Explorer, detailing the Native American Collections of the local Gentleman Explorer, housed at Maidstone Museum, a project in collaboration with Canterbury Christchurch University
Resource:CornucopiaDetails:Details of some of the collections held by Maidstone Museum
Resource:Art FundDetails:Works purchased for the museum collection with assistance from the Art Fund
Resource:Kent Archaeological SocietyDetails:Housed in Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
Resource:Portable Antiquities SchemeDetails:Details recorded finds nationally of metalwork over 300 years old, with thousands listed for Kent. A very useful source for identifying and recording field walking and metal detecting finds
Resource:Kent Historic Environment Record (formerly the Sites and Monuments Record)Details:The HER is a database of archaeological sites, finds and buildings in Kent
Resource:Visit MaidstoneDetails:For information on the history and heritage of the town and borough
Resource:Voluntary Action MaidstoneDetails:For other volunteering opportunities in the area

Advice for collection donors, identifications, and researchers


We are grateful to be offered material, but generally only accept objects that say something unique and specific about Maidstone borough, its environment and its people, and items that do not duplicate those already in our collections and which come with rich supporting information. If you would like to donate an object, please contact the Collections Manager to discuss the matter.

“Will it go on display?” is a frequent question from prospective donors. The majority of the museum’s collection is held in storage, but here it is accessible to researchers and available for future displays.


Maidstone Museum can only help with the identification of objects associated with Maidstone, or similar to items held in its collections. Please contact the Collections Team to make an appointment if you would like to bring an object for identification.

It may be possible for us to carry out an identification of your artefact from a good quality digital photograph. Please provide as much background information as possible about the object, such as where and when you acquired it, the material (if known), good quality digital image, etc. Due to pressure on the service, please allow four weeks for identifications to be processed.

Identification information provided is the opinion of the identifier only; we are unable to provide an authentication or valuation service.

All archaeological finds should be reported to your local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) under the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Details for the Kent and Medway FLO are:

Jennifer Jackson
Finds Liaison Officer
Heritage Conservation
Kent County Council
Invicta House
ME14 1XX
03000 413401


Maidstone Museum encourages the study and use of the collections by researchers. Please ensure that an appointment is arranged before your visit, as we reserve the right to temporarily close access to collections if staff is unavailable or there are practical reasons for restricting access. Collections or objects may not always be available for research for a variety of reasons and there are constraints on the number of items which can be viewed during an appointment.

To make an appointment, please contact the Collections Team. Download our full policy with access details.

Commercial reproduction

Commercial reproduction requests should be submitted using the contact form on this page.

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