Historic Swale

Historic Swale is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which is an umbrella organisation set up to showcase the diverse and fascinating heritage of the Swale area. Swale is an area of North Kent which includes the towns of Sheerness, Sittingbourne and Faversham, and the surrounding villages.

Purpose, role and responsibilities of group:

The promotion of the efficiency and effective use of charitable resources of museums, archives, the arts and heritage organisations in the Swale area of Kent whose collections are open to the public and are operated on a not-for-profit basis with the aim of advancing education, the arts and local heritage for the benefit of the public by:

a) promoting the highest professional standards of work and public service of such organisations;

b) encouraging public education through the promotion and maintenance of, and access to high quality museums, arts and heritage organisations;

c) supporting the education, training and development of the staff and volunteers of such organisations and delivering other services to support the charitable work of such organisations;

d) actively seeking partnership opportunities with heritage groups with similar interests;

e) acting as a representative to other bodies; and

f) to further such other purposes which may be charitable according to the law of England and Wales as the trustees see fit from time to time.


The Historic Swale Trustees meet four times a year, with separate members meetings as required, usually between four and six times a year.

Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer & Secretarial:

At the annual general meeting of the members of the CIO, one-third of the elected charity trustees shall retire from office.. Secretarial services should be provided by member organisations if no other is available.

Historic Swale Membership:

• Blue Town Heritage Centre and Criterion Music Hall
• Chart Gunpowder Mills
• Dolphin Barge Museum
• Eastchurch Aviation Museum
• Fleur de Lis Museum / Faversham Society
• Historical Research Group Sittingbourne
• Kent Police Museum
• Maison Dieu
• Milton Regis Court Hall, Friends of
• Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum
• Murston All Saints Trust
• Queenborough Guildhall Museum (in the post)
• Raybel Charters Community Interest Company
• Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities
• Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
• Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
• Sittingbourne Society


Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated their or its agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members. A member may be a corporate body, or an individual or corporate body representing an organisation which is not incorporated.


Please visit https://historicswale.org.uk/for details on joining.


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