The Society has amassed an extensive and somewhat eclectic amount of material relating to the Hythe area and its history, much of it donated by local residents. As well as copies of the Society's publications and newsletters, there are copious research notes, many of which were initiated by the Society's first Local History Group which functioned between the mid 1970s until the early 1990s. In 2014 the Group was resurrected and they have initiated and are pursuing a number of research projects. Details of these projects are available on the History Group website. We also have a number of photograph albums, plus a very large quantity of negatives bequeath to the Society in the late 1990s by the late Jack Adams, a former Hythe professional photographer.
In recent years, work has progressed to catalogue the collection and as this progresses the History Group website will be updated.
With the fantastic support of the Kent Photo Archive and others, a significant quantity of photographs, glass plates and the ‘Jack Adams collection’ have been digitised. We plan to develop a digital archive in 2023 so that the many images may be more widely accessed. Meanwhile, over 500 images from the HCS collection can be viewed on the Kent Photo Archive website via this link - Hythe Civic Society Collection
These images cover Hythe Town (and its surrounds), other nearby locations, many of the Aerofilm aerial photos of Hythe, and a collection of Venetian Fete images from 1953, 1954, and 1972.
To access the list of the documents that have been catalogued so far and for details on how to arrange to see or possibly borrow items from the archives, please visit our history group's website - History Group Archives
The Society is very fortunate to have its own Archive room, located in the Hythe Town Council Offices.
Every year we receive a number of enquiries from individuals and organisations regarding the town's history which, often through the detective work of the History Group, we aim to either answer or at the very least, point the enquirer in the right direction. Occasionally via the Newsletter and by email, we also find that an enquiry can be answered by a member. Our newsletter also contains an ‘Archives Corner’ feature.