In Our Memories: Milton Creek
As part of the continuing regeneration of Milton Creek near Sittingbourne, Swale Borough Council and Swale Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) have teamed up to create this unique inter-generational community project.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the aim of the project is to bring Milton Creek’s Industrial past to life and ensure that as the area changes through regeneration, its role in both the local, national and international communities is remembered and celebrated.
The project is capturing real life stories of people who actually remember the former industries along Milton Creek such as barge building, brick making, the paper mills and cement works. The recordings will form the foundation of an Oral History Archive, which will be freely available to all at the Centre for Kentish Studies and local Archives, with full transcriptions. Edited clips will be available to listen to online or on the project DVD. The stories will also be used as the basis for a Dramatic Production to celebrate the area’s history and for Learning Packs for local schools in conjunction with a Story Competition.
Volunteers including school children, adults and elderly residents from across Swale are helping to shape the project by working on a variety of different tasks, from conducting and recording interviews, to audio editing, historical research, web design and development to name a few.
The project will continue until December 2012. We welcome people who remember Milton Creek as a child, who worked in any of its industries or have family who did to come forward and be part of this exciting project, by sharing memories orally in an interview or by writing and uploading photographs to our Memories page on this site.