We are the Friends of Medway Archives Centre (FOMA). Our aims are to help with the conservation and preservation of the records and other materials of historical interest held at the Medway Archives Centre (MAC) and to promote public access.

The Friends of Medway Archives (FOMA) Logo

The Friends of Medway Archives (FOMA) logo is based on a 2006 sketch, by the late local historian and FOMA Committee member Bob Ratcliffe (1936 – 2018), of the old Civic Centre’s Clock Tower in Strood.

The Medway Archives at the Civic Centre

The then Rochester upon Medway Studies Centre was created when the local studies collections were relocated from Chatham and Rochester Libraries to the Civic Centre in March 1993. The creation of the new Medway unitary authority in 1998 saw the Rochester upon Medway Studies Centre renamed to the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre (MALSC). MALSC were based within the Civic Centre until the new Medway Archives Centre on Bryant Road was opened in 2017.

Former Borough Archivist, Stephen Dixon, wrote an article for Issue 31 of The Clock Tower in 2013, as part of the 20 years of MALSC celebrations, detailing the archives’ history. The article can be found here .



8th August 2021

Issue 67, August 2022

Norma Crowe, former Local Studies Librarian at the Medway Archives Centre, honoured

31st March 2022

Former Local Studies Librarian at the Medway Archives Centre, Norma Crowe has been honoured for her services to Local Studies....

The Medway Archives Centre attains Archive Service Accreditation for the First Time

1st December 2021

The Medway Archives Centre (MAC) has attained archive service accreditation for the first time...

Forthcoming and Ongoing Events

The digital version of the exhibition to commemorate one hundred years since the...

A trip back in time visiting the health institutions and services available in M...

A look into the diseases and viruses that have hit Medway throughout the years.

MAC Online Exhibition


As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens, this ex...

A brief look at the man behind the Fitzgerald Collection and his friendship with...

MAC Online Exhibition

Cuffay and Chatham exhibition

In July 1870 William Cuffay died in Hobart, Tasmania Australia. He was 82 years ...

28 May 2022 - 24th September 2022


Friday 11 November, 7:30 pm

A film show on the story of Short Brothers in Rochester. ...

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