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Web film archive keeps past alive
Stephen Dixon, Medway Council Archivist
Archivists have put about 10 hours of historic film on the website
Films showing Medway's history have been put online by the council's archive centre.

The CityArk MovieBase has made footage of street scenes, a royal visit, and local industry dating back to the 1930s accessible through its website.

The site now has thousands of images, documents, and about 10 hours of film.

Stephen Dixon, from Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, said the move had helped preserve material, some of which had been on unstable nitrate film.

"Publication on the web is the best way to provide access to this valuable and fascinating material," he said.

"Otherwise, our multimedia stock would languish unused and unseen."

The collection includes a royal visit to Gillingham in 1968 filmed by the town clerk, footage of the Winget engineering factory in Strood between 1930 and 1967, and a 1950 street scene in Chatham.


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