Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre

History

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The KMBRC is a young Records Centre, set up as a company limited by guarantee in May 2003. An initial set-up phase followed, with the purchasing of equipment and the recruitment of staff. We were generously granted initial funding by the EU (European Interreg IIIa) and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Records began to be entered onto the Recorder 2002 database in October 2003.

Since this time the Records Centre team has grown from three initial staff members to a team eight strong at its peak, with some of those staff members working on temporary projects, often off site.

The KMBRC launched itself officially in June 2005, where it announced it was now fully operational and able to receive information requests from clients, having a healthy and growing database of records. In the summer of 2005 another milestone was met when the Records Centre became a charity.

Business Awards 2009 Community Winner
In the summer of 2006 with the initial set-up of the records centre completed, the KMBRC entered the 3rd phase of its young life, and downsized to four core staff members. Since then, we have continued to develop our systems and services and working with many partners such as local recorders and environmental organisations. In September 2009 we moved from our first home at Tyland Barn in Maidstone to larger offices at Brogdale Farm in Faversham to give us room to grow and provide more services to the local recording community. Also in 2009, our contribution to the Kentish community was recognised in the Kent on Sunday Business Challenge Awards.