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Learning about the past: Public interest

If you have a personal passion for Archaeology or History we hope you will find something of interest to you here. If you run a club or interest group have a look at the resources in the Schools section. ‘Older’ readers new to a subject, may also find the material aimed at younger people to be a perfectly digestible (and accurate) introduction.

On this website

The Archaeology in Education Service (AES)

Projects and getting involved
Information on past and present community and partnership projects.

Project diaries
Summary illustrated accounts of excavations and surveys useful for personal interest or research.

Image galleries
Artefacts, reconstruction drawings, sites and more. Mostly Kent.

Roman and Anglo-Saxon Canterbury Reconstructed
Find out about the evidence behind the reconstructions.

To buy or borrow

Resource boxes of original Iron Age, Roman, medieval and post-medieval pottery, animal bone and building fragments plus Guide, for short term loan.

Original archaeological and historical objects, replicas and models plus ethnographic items for short term loan.

Roman Canterbury, a journey into the past
While aimed at the younger reader, this is an accurate, accessible introduction to the Roman town.

A journey to Medieval Canterbury
Companion to Roman Canterbury (above). Full of interest and again written in an accessible style. Find out about the medieval buildings still standing in Canterbury – then go looking for them!.

More support from CAT

We have a small library of our publications and others relating to the history and archaeology of Kent. Call 01227 462062 to use the library by arrangement or email

Partnerships in the community

Community archaeology
Go to Projects and getting involved for information on past and present community and partnership projects.

Young Archaeologists Club
We support our local Young Archaeologists Club. Find out more about what’s happening in Canterbury and around here or visit the national site for more information.

Canterbury Museums
CAT works with the museums for one-off public events. See their programme for what’s coming up soon.

Canterbury Whitefriars Roman Tower Exhibition
Discoveries, reconstructions, digital presentation (running 9am–9pm) and information panels against the in situ Roman tower found at the site.  Opposite Fenwick’s, near the Bus Station ticket office, viewed from the street frontage.
For the best effect,go on a day when there isn’t blazing sunshine. I walked by early one morning. The effect of the internal lighting against the backdrop of the tower was stunning and the designer is to be congratulated. So go and see it early morning, evening or anytime in the winter! Partnership project with Canterbury City Council, English Heritage, Historic Fortifications Network (managed by Kent County Council) and Land Securities plc

Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
CAT represented Kent Archaeology at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival in 2007 with family activities and has since supported the education programme at the National Museum of Natural History.

Organisations and institutions in Kent with an Archaeology interest

Centre for Kent History and Heritage
Based at Canterbury Christ Church University, the Centre focuses on exciting new research projects on the history of the county of Kent, offering opportunities for local community projects, as well as hosting exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, study days and workshops. Their blog has all the latest news and events.

Kent Archaeological Society
The KAS is for young adults and adults interested in the archaeology and history of Kent. KAS publishes Archaeologia Cantiana annually, plans excursions, training excavations, day schools and lectures. Go to KAS for details or write to The Hon Sec., Lympne Hall, Lympne, Kent CT21 4LQ .

Kent Archaeological Field School, Faversham, Kent.
The KAFS has a range of practical courses and field trips. Visit the KAFS website or contact the school at KAFS, School Farm Oast, Graveney Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8UP (+44(0)1795-532548).

Saturday Schools at the University of Kent, Canterbury
There is a regular programme of one day courses at the University. Contact The Day School Programme, Unit for Regional Learning, Keynes College, The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP (+44(0)1227-823507).

If you would like to know if CAT can support an event please contact us.
Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd,
92a Broad Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2LU
Tel: +44 (0)1227 462062
Fax: +44 (0)1227 784724

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