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KM Group to demonstrate Kent’s War digital archive

Visitors to the Historic Dockyard in Chatham this Saturday will have an exclusive chance to experience Kent’s War, a unique website created by the KM Group.

This digital archive contains tens of thousands of stories, photographs and advertisements from KM Group newspapers published between 1939 and 1945.

Hundreds of news pages have been microfilmed by Medway-based Microformat and converted to a fully-searchable archive by Olive Software.

Demonstrations will be given in the entrance lobby of the Dockyard's museum on National Armed Forces’ Day on Saturday June 27.

Users will be able to search on dates, family names, place names and key words.

Managing Editor Ron Green says "I hope people take the opportunity to get a first glimpse of this fascinating website."

"The KM’s war pages provide a first-hand account of every day life as well as the remarkable courage and tenacity of the people in Medway and Kent who endured so much for so long."

The company plans to launch the website in September to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of World War ll.

KM Group are media partners with The Historic Dockyard and kmfm presenters Neil Faraday and Neil Redding will be broadcasting their shows live from the Dockyard the same day. The newspaper sales unit will also be present during the event.

Marketing Manager Stacy Pannett says “With our live radio broadcasts we are hoping to interact with as many of the visitors as possible during the day and get their messages back to their loved ones in action overseas.”