Ebbsfleet Citizens Archive is a community-led project capturing and preserving the varied stories and histories of the people and places of Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, and Northfleet, as the area goes through a significant moment of change.
Co-created by artists, historians and residents, the dual digital and physical archive will bring local people together to explore Ebbsfleet’s unique historic and contemporary identity through objects, sounds, videos and photographs, collected by and from residents past, present and future.
At the core of the project, a team of volunteer Citizen Archivists will work closely with artists, historians, and archivists to explore the people, stories and histories of the area and learn the practical and creative skills needed to create an archive for the whole community.
A series of artist-led workshops, walks and events will also explore different creative approaches to archiving, enabling everybody to get involved and add their voice to the archive. Artist Lu Williams will work with local people to create an Ebbsfleet Citizen Handbook, and local historian Christoph Bull will lead a series of walks exploring the history of different landscape and communities in the area.
All the materials collated throughout the project will be brought together to form a living Citizen Archive. Accessible to all, the archive will hold a wide range of stories and histories from the people and places that make Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, and Northfleet.
Ebbsfleet Citizen Archive is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, and supported by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Gravesham Libraries, Dartford Museum and Libraries, and Kent Archives.
Join our team of volunteer Citizen Archivists and work closely with artists, historians, and archivists to explore the people, stories and histories of the area and learn the practical and creative skills needed to create an archive for the whole community.
You can get involved by signing up to one of our free intro sessions and joining our artist-led skills workshops.
Join a workshop with artist Lu William and help to create the Ebbsfleet Citizen Handbook – an alternative guide to the area that will be shared with incoming residents and those that already live here.
Open to all ages and skill levels, these sessions are a chance to get creative, meet other residents, and think about the nature of home, place and memory.
Explore the local area with historian Christoph Bull and learn more about the histories of Greenhithe, Swanscombe, and Northfleet.