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A Town Unearthed

‘A Town Unearthed: Folkestone before 1500′ was a 3-year long community project exploring the history and archaeology of the town.

Folkestone Roman villa excavationFolkestone villa reconstructionFolkestone Roman Villa

The project focused on making Folkestone’s past accessible to residents and visitors alike and brought together many different individuals and groups. Initiated by Lesley Hardy of Canterbury Christ Church University and Andrew Richardson of the Trust, the project ran between 2010 and 2013. It was largely funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and was supported by the Roger de Haan Charitable Trust, Folkestone Town Council, Kent Archaeological Society, Shepway District Council and Kent County Council. Over the 3 years 600 people were involved in active participation in fieldwork, research, oral history and a wide range of educational and outreach activities.

Excavation of the East Cliff Roman villa was the focus of the Trust’s involvement.  Local schools were actively involved, with classroom and site visits organised by Marion Green the Trust’s education officer, working with ATU volunteers.

In November 2013 Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed, based on the work of local people, professionals and academics, was published. It was launched at the Folkestone Book Festival.

More about the project is at the A Town Unearthed website.


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