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 .



15th May 2023

Issue 70, May 2023

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

28th February - 4th July 2023, 2pm


Dickens in Chatham

Friday 16th June 2023, 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June 2023 (during MAC's normal opening hours)

Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June, 2-4pm (closed Wednesdays)

Saturday 3 June 2023 from 10am-midday

Saturday 1 July 2023 10am-midday

Wednesday 5 July 2023, and then Friday 7th - Saturday 15 July 2023

Monday 24 July - 30 September 2023

Tuesdays 25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August, 2-4pm

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