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Documentarium is a touring art exhibition inspired by Kent’s rich and varied archives.  Created by internationally renowned artist Alan Kane, the exhibition features copies of some of Kent’s more unusual and fascinating archives; from ancient documents to sketches, strange photos and long-worn letters.  Alan has worked with a team of community helpers to carefully select each exhibit.  The images on display provide an introduction to documents on Kent’s history which are held in the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre.  The archives are open to anyone with a current Kent library card to come and research their own history.

Alongside the exhibition, artist Lucy Steggals will be working with community groups.  Together they will create a game about one item from the exhibition and take it to the streets of each district the exhibition visits.  This work will soon be featured on a dedicated blog site – check back soon for further detail.

Coming to a space near you: The exhibition opens on 18 October, at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. It will spend a month there before moving on to each of Kent’s 12 districts, closing in Sevenoaks next November. Next locations and dates:


Maidstone Kent History and Library Centre 18 Oct – 9 Nov 2013
Dartford Dartford Library 16 Nov – 14 Dec
Ashford Stour Valley Arts Pop Up Gallery 13 Jan – 8 Feb 2014
Gravesend Peter Blake Gallery, Woodville Halls 12 Feb – 01 Mar
Folkestone Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library 06 Mar – 29 Mar
Sheerness Sheerness Gateway 12 Apr – 02 May
Canterbury The Beaney 11 Jun – 05 Jul
Margate Turner Contemporary 05 Aug – 14 Sept