Add your story to the pages of Kingston’s history

To help create a picture of the Royal Borough in 2016, residents and visitors are invited to add their stories to Kingston’s 800 year history now on display at the newly refurbished History Centre.

The ‘Fresh Starts’ project is calling on anyone with a Kingston connection to submit their stories and photos, whether it’s going back generations or just a few months.

As part of the celebratory project, the Centre are working with Learning English At Home, a local charity who support people from ethnic minority backgrounds who have English as a second language, in order to gather stories which may have remained untold.

The stories will then be bound together into a book which will sit within the borough’s collection and help paint a picture of Kingston’s diversity in 2016 for future generations.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage at Kingston Council, said: 

“It’s essential that as Kingston develops and grows, that we protect our heritage and what makes our borough so special. The History Centre holds 800 years of our local history, and we need to continue to add to this. We want to have a better picture of the Kingston community, a time capsule of 2016 for future generations to explore and enjoy. I really hope that as many people as possible will take part in this fantastic community project.”

To take part, complete a ‘How I came to Kingston’ form by 1 July. Or, if you would like to fill out a paper copy, visit the Kingston History Centre or the Kingston Museum.