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Summer sailings

June 22nd, 2015

The replica Bronze Age boat is making three appearances in July. If you are in Faversham on the 4th you’ll find the boat at Town Quay as part of the Faversham Nautical Festival.  The following week the boat will cross the channel (by ferry!) to join in celebrations at Boulogne’s Fete de la Mer on July 11th. Then on Saturday 25th July ‘Ole Crumlin Pedersen’ will be back on home waters at Dover Regatta.  Come down and speak to the team, or have a paddle yourself!


Dover news

June 18th, 2015

The largest archaeological dig to take place in Dover for 20 years has just begun. The excavation, at Woolcomber Street, is the first in a series that will take place in advance of redevelopment of the St James’s area of the town. Keith Parfitt is leading the team in Dover and is going to keep us informed of progress as work progresses. Over to you Keith!

Digging at Kearsney Abbey – this weekend!

June 3rd, 2015

From the 5th to 7th June Canterbury Archaeological Trust along with the Dover Archaeological Group and Folkestone Archaeological Group will be carrying out a small archaeological dig in the car park of Kearsney Abbey to help uncover the hidden heritage of the parks.

The current cafe is all that remains of a large country house that used to be the focal point of Kearsney Abbey and the current parkland formed the private garden for the house. Most of the house was demolished in the 1950s and although there are a few pictures, as yet no plans or details about the inside are known.

The archaeological dig should provide an insight into the internal layout and will help to inform plans for a new extension to the cafe.

Preparatory work will begin on Friday 5th June and the archaeological work will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details about the park and the Abbey, visit the Kearsney Parks website.

Old buildings in Old Folkestone

May 20th, 2015

Andy Linklater is giving a talk about the historic architecture of old Folkestone, tomorrow evening, Thursday 21st May, from 6.30-8.30pm.  The venue is Woodward Hall, on the Bayle and the event is free. All welcome!

Boating anyone?

May 11th, 2015

Come and have a paddle of our Bronze Age replica boat at the Dover Marina Open Day next Saturday (16th May).  The event is taking place on the Crosswall Quay from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm  with water displays, exhibitions, local food stalls and trips round the harbour.

This is our crew on a sea voyage between Folkestone and Dover, but you’ll find us on Saturday in the safe waters of Wellington Dock!
Folkestone to Dover sea voyage

Westgate Parks Remembered

May 7th, 2015

Tomorrow! Friday 8th May 7.15pm-8.30pm

Watch old footage of the Westgate Parks and surrounding area in the comfort of the Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Introductory talk by our own Jake Weekes followed by footage compiled by Tim Jones from Canterbury Christ Church University featuring material shot in the 1930s by Sydney Bligh and John Vissenga.

Free event – No need to book.  Donations to the Friends of Westgate Parks.

Fantastic training opportunity

May 6th, 2015

Archaeological training bursary:
Folkestone, 20 July to 15 August 2015 

Are you aged between 16-24 years? Do you live in either Shepway or Dover District? Are you interested in archaeology? Would you like to add something extra special to your CV? If you can answer ‘yes’ to all these questions, then you can apply for up to four weeks of FREE training, led by Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

The East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School offers high quality, comprehensive, archaeological field training. It is suitable for a wide range for people, from those wishing to start or develop a career in archaeology, to those who want to pursue archaeology as a hobby, or who just want to try new experiences or develop new skill sets. No previous experience is required. The Field School is directed by Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT), a registered charity, with voluntary support from members of the Folkestone Research & Archaeological Group, Folkestone People’s History Centre, Dover Archaeological Group and Kent Archaeological Society. Training is provided by experienced archaeologists drawn from CAT’s professional team.

Fees for taking part in the field school normally range from £45 per day. However, with the generous support of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme, we are able to offer ten free places per week to young people (aged 16-24) who are resident in Shepway or Dover Districts. If you would like to apply for this, simply send a short written statement, explaining why you would like to do the training and giving your name, address, date of birth and preferred dates for attending, either by post or email to:

Dr Andrew Richardson
Canterbury Archaeological Trust, 92a Broad Street, Canterbury CT1 2LU

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Monday 15 June 2015.

Applicants are welcome to apply for up to four weeks of training, but if demand is high then we may have to allocate people one, two or three week slots. However, all successful applicants will receive a minimum of six days training. In addition, all successful applicants will receive their own trowel (essential for any budding archaeologist), hi-vis vest, pair of safety boots and archaeological skills passport (in which to record the skills learnt). These will be yours to keep at the end of your training. We can also provide a packed lunch every day for those who want them, all free of charge!

Successful applicants will be asked to commit to completing their allotted training days and to provide a short piece of work on their experience that we can share as part of the project. This should include a written or verbal statement about what you got from the experience.

Full details about the East Wear Bay field school and project can be found at:

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Origins of Folkestone

April 27th, 2015

If you want to learn more about the history of Folkestone, there’s a free talk next Thursday, 30th April starting at 7.30 pm.  Click on the poster for more details.
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