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More new books documenting our past

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Just like buses, you wait for ages then they all turn up at once. Well hot on the heels of books on Tunstall's history and Japan’s Attack on the Indian Ocean in 1942 our local historians have been very busy and Sittingbourne Heritage Museum has announced a further two, exciting new books for the Christmas market.

First up its long awaited book 'Sittingbourne High Street – An Historical Insight –Volume 2 the North Side', compiled by Michael H Peters, Helen Allinson, John Clancy and Allen Whitnell is now on sale, price £16.95 exclusively from the museum itself, upon request by phoning the number on its web site, or by emailing

Running to 580 pages, the book is well illustrated, indexed and cross-referenced throughout. If you have a Discount Voucher from Volume 1 of the book, please present it at time of purchase to claim your discount. Meanwhile, museum members have now started work on Vol. III of this epic work covering East Street and West Street.

Also on sale is Allen Whitnell’s The Rise and Fall of the Beat Groups in Sittingbourne, price £11.95, available as above. This is Allen’s first solo book writing project for the Museum and he has made an excellent job of it.

Allen follows a long line of musicians in his family, his father being the noted post-war dance band leader, Jack Whitnell and Allen himself is still a drummer in a local band; he is still a staunch fan of the Beatles who inspired many.

The book runs to 263 pages, is indexed and profusely illustrated throughout with pictures of the individual groups. To read this book is a nostalgic trip back to the Swinging Sixties. Each chapter is devoted to a different year and begins with an overview of national and international events.


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