Research Collection


There are various research publications available for reference at Ashford Museum.

Some are members research others are donated copies of professional publications. You can view these items during normal opening hours or outside of these hours by prior arrangement with the Curator.




Ashford People and Places

  • Ashford Electricity Works
  • Ashford photographs, postcards and slides
  • Sir John Furley
  • Lympne (Ashford Airport)
  • Handbook of Naval Cookery
  • Tapestry
  • Alfred Austin of Swinford Manor 
  • St. Mary the Virgin Catalogue of Parochial Archives
  • William Harvey Hopsital - Project for the Future
  • 1st Ashford Scout Troop
  • Girl Guide Centenary
  • History of Ashford Fire Brigade
  • Ashford Joint Strike Committee 1919


Wartime Research

  • Wartime Casulaties Urban and Rural from 1939
  • Ashford Urban District Council 1939 Declarations
  • Great Chart Letters Volumes 1-3
  • Memories of Mike Wise



  • Old Ashfordian's Exhibition 1899-1999
  • The Old Ashfordian's 1899-1999
  • Scrap Album
  • Life of John Knatchbull
  • 1st Ashford Rover Crew Log Book 1933-1952
  • Reminiscences of a Country Lad - John Marden
  • Stanhope - The School We Never Knew 1876-1991
  • Ashford Museum - A Short History on the Building - Charles Friend
  • Short History of Smuggling in the Area & Smugglers
  • Collection of Bygone Kent Journals Vol. 1-29
  • Bound copies of the Kentish Express, Tuesday Express and the Kentish Express and Ashford News from 1896 to 1971
  • The Annals of Kennington by Robert Furley
  • A 110 Year History of Invicta Press
  • History of Hollington School, Ashford
  • History of Ashford Town Football Club
  • Maps of Ashford 18th centry to present

Railway Archive


The books listed below may be viewed in the Museum, they contain historical photographs, copies of map and documents, names of staff members and some personal memories.

They were collated and prepared by John Blackford, the first two relating to his own experiences before and during employment at the Ashford Railway Works in the 1940's to mid 1950's. Copies of these can also be seen at the National Railway Museum in York.

Railway Collections of Ashford - J. Blackford 1995

Some More Railway Recollections - The Story of the Engineering Research Dept at the Works - J. Blackford 1995

Even More Railway Collections Parts 1 & 2 - J. Blackford 1996

Yet More Railway Collections Parts 1 & 2 - J. Blackford 1998

Railway Collections - Ashford Works The Final Years Parts 1 & 2 - J. Blackford 2000

Railway Recollections -The Channel Tunnel Rail Link through Ashford - 2003

Railway Recollections - Steam Days Revisted 2004

The Peter Green Collection - local train photographs taken in Ashford 1950's 

Steam Days At Wye - photographs taken by David Cross 1950's

Ashford Railway Track 1842