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Tourism and Heritage Strategy

Last updated on: 25-Feb-2021

13. Safeguarding Gravesham Heritage

There are various important archive and artefacts in various hands within the Borough – the Council, Gravesend Library (KCC), Gravesend Historical Society, Northfleet Historical Society and in private hands. Work needs to be undertaken to understand what is available and where and to fill some gaps in the archiving of material and identification of the most significant.

Key to this is to understand how these relate to the telling of Gravesham’s story/stories and there is enthusiasm and expertise within the local community to do so. The council is not best placed to host, due to the availability of resources, time and the required expertise, but can influence and help to co-ordinate this work and needs to secure independent advice as to what steps to take and how best to interpret these stories in the 21st Century with the digital communications and other technology available today, especially in engaging younger generations and new audiences.

The council is committed to the maintenance, repair and interpretation of those heritage properties within its care, subject to a programme of capital works, funded where possible with the help of external heritage funding. These include the listed buildings, parks and gardens at New Tavern Fort/Milton Chantry, Gravesend Blockhouse, St Andrew’s Church, Gravesend Cold War Bunker and Gravesend Cemetery. The Council will support where possible the contribution that can be made by other heritage assets in the Borough to telling of Gravesham’s story.

Gravesham has an online ‘archive’ through its Discover Gravesham – archiving of information and artefacts.

The following priority actions are as follows:

  • Building blocks within a plan to make more of Gravesham’s archive and artefacts, etc. Secure some resource to undertake that work, leading to advice on how best to secure their future and to interpret them.
  • Reshape Discover Gravesham
  • Progress repairs and interpretation of Gravesham’s heritage assets, including a review and updating of our audio tours.

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