Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

Didn’t we do well?

November 21st, 2012

from Los Angeles in the USA:

“Your web site … is one of the most helpful sites on archaeology for students we have seen”

Marian McKenna Olivas, Program Manager, National Center for History in the Schools, University of California, Los Angeles

and from Alabama:

“ … this volume is truly an exceptional work”

Professor Ian W Brown, University of Alabama, reviewing this summer’s publication, Buckland Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Dover

from Japan:

 “We have learned a lot about how we should manage Archaeology and present it to the public … It encourages me to learn more about ‘Archaeology and Education”

Katsuyuki Okamura, Archaeologist with Osaka City Cultural Properties Association and Yoshio Negita, Chief Archaeologist with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo, following an information visit to the Trust offices in August.

from Estonia:

 “I am very happy that I met all those wonderful people and saw amazing nature, heritage sites, one of the best trips I’ve done. And I got ideas and feeling that I am not alone! Thank you for that!”

Liia Vijand, Estonian secondary school History teacher undertaking PhD research in the value of increasing engagement in Archaeology at both primary and secondary level education. She visited us in July during an information gathering tour of English organizations involved with Archaeology in Education.

and closer to home:

“Our Ofsted report says ‘Pupils told inspectors that they particularly enjoyed information books which helped them to research themes and topics of interest. This was clearly demonstrated in one class where pupils used information they had acquired in previous lessons to distinguish between Roman and Celtic artefacts.’  It was using the CAT boxes that made all the difference…it also tied in with our literacy.  Ofsted said the lesson was outstanding – so I was very pleased!”

James Blomfield, class teacher at Capel-le-Ferne Primary School.  Children from the school visited the Folkestone Roman villa first season of excavation and later on made good use of the Archaeological Resource Kits available to local schools as part of the A Town Unearthed community project.

The Lost and The Found at…

November 14th, 2012

Damien Blackman cartoon

A delightful cartoon by Damien Blackman, who has been volunteering in the finds processing department.

Apart from washing and marking pottery, scrubbing other finds and generally giving a helping hand,  it appears Damien still has the time to practice his drawing skills.

If you would like to volunteer, like Damien, please contact:

Jacqui Matthews: Finds Supervisor and Volunteer co-ordinator
Telephone: 01227 825274

Visions of the Past: Kent and its Antiquarians

October 29th, 2012

Free Day Conference and Public Forum: 3rd November 2012
University Centre, Folkestone
Speakers: Lesley Hardy, Lorraine Flisher and Iain Neilson

Kent, with its rich and diverse history, has for hundreds of years been at the forefront of the study and understanding of the ancient past in Britain.

This day conference and forum opens up the work of early pioneers in archaeology and history, antiquarians such as John Leland who identified ‘Briton Brykes’ at Folkestone, the Rev Bryan Faussett who saved Anglo Saxon archaeology from destruction and Charles Roach Smith, rescuer of Roman London and founder in 1844 of the British Archaeological Association in Canterbury.

Join us for some fascinating talks and forum discussion and learn more about Kent, its history, archaeology and the men and women who have discovered it, fought for it and preserved it.

This day conference is free to all and is part of the A Town Unearthed: Folkestone Before 1500, project.

To book your place on-line go to:
or phone 01227 863451 (Mon-Friday 9.30 – 2.30pm). Further details.

Lyminge Archaeological Project

August 23rd, 2012

The project blog records that our Little Dig, supervised by Andy Macintosh and Annie Partridge, was busy at the Open Day. Read all about it here and more about the last days of the project.

Lyminge Archaeological Project: Open Day

August 15th, 2012

The Lyminge Archaeological Project is holding an Open Day on Saturday, 18th August.  The site opens at 10 am and site tours will take place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.  There will be flint knapping demonstrations at 12 pm and 2 pm and Regia Anglorum re-enactments at 12 pm and 2 pm.  Throughout the day there will be activities for young and old, including the Little Dig, Wheelie Bin stratigraphy, dressing up, I-Spy at the dig, an art competition and a book stall.  There will also be displays of finds from the dig so far and finds washing and sorting going on all day.

Come and join in!

Kon’nichiwa to archaeologists from Japan

August 8th, 2012

Katsuyuki Okamura (Archaeologist with Osaka City Cultural Properties Association) and Yoshio Negita (Chief Archaeologist with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo) met up with Marion at CAT to discuss what we do to promote Archaeology in formal and public education arenas.

They were both very keen on the CAT KIT and using archaeological finds in this way and many photos were taken. It was a great opportunity again to spread the word about CAT’s work and educational activities. Katsuyuki said, ‘We have learned a lot about how we should manage archaeology and present it to the public… It encourages me to learn more about ‘Archaeology and Education’ ’.

In exchange for our hospitality I was given a Japanese tea ceremony cloth and a bamboo fan – and I’m now known by these colleagues as Marion-san. I like it!
Japanese archaeologists at the Trust's office

Exhibition at Maidstone Museum

July 26th, 2012

We have been working with the Kent Archaeological Society to mount an exhibition in Maidstone Museum for the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology fortnight, July 14th to 29th 2012.

The exhibition will now run beyond this period until September.

Themes illustrated are the current Boat 1550 BC project (Dover Bronze Age boat), the Archaeology in Education Service (both of which are supported by the KAS), Volunteering and the Community Archaeology projects, CSI:Sittingbourne and A Town Unearthed, Folkestone before 1500.

Displays include finds, reconstructions, replicas and photographs and will reflect our successful work in the community.

The exhibition is funded by Kent Archaeological Society.
Exhibition in Maidstone Museum

Working with the Historical Association

July 23rd, 2012

CAT Education Service and Canterbury Cathedral Library have recently supported a partnership project where English Heritage and the Historical Association worked with Canterbury secondary schools investigating local sites.  Our role was to illustrate through various hands on activities, a range of sources available to students and teachers to help them investigate the past.

CAT’s resources for schools are publicised on the Historical Association website at

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