Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

A One-day Workshop

June 14th, 2011

KAS Historic Buildings Committee and the Wye Rural Museum Trust


on SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2011, 10.00 – 16.00


Workshops running on the day (morning & afternoon):

  • Understanding timber framing and construction – led by Jane Wade MFA, GradDipConsAA (Barn)
  • Reading and interpreting a building – led by Peter Seary of Canterbury Archaeological Trust (Church)
  • Recording a building – led by George Denny RIBA (Oasthouse)

In addition Sheila Sweetinburgh will lead a discussion on documentary sources, with examples, relating to historic buildings (lunch period)

The day will be run in a morning and afternoon session, the workshops repeated in both sessions.

When applying for tickets please state preference for TWO workshops. Every endeavour will be made to ensure participants get their choice but this may not always be possible due to limitations of space and numbers etc. So early booking recommended.

TICKETS: £12 (you are advised to bring a packed lunch)

Further details & to book (before 31st August): see application form on the Kent Archaeology Society website or direct from Mike Clinch: 2 Parkhurst Rd, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1AR; or 01322 526425.

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Boat 1550 BC project

May 18th, 2011

We recently received notice that the European Union has agreed to fund the ‘Boat 1550 BC’ project.  This is a 1.9 million euro project (c. £1,700,000) that aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of the common cultural heritage shared by communities lying on either side of the English Channel.  It will achieve this in a number of ways; the creation of a major international exhibition that will move between each of the three participatory nations in 2012/2013; an extensive programme of educational and outreach activities focussing on cross-border co-operation and participation; and the construction of a replica of the Dover Bronze Age boat as a celebration of the technological skills of our Bronze Age ancestors and a symbol of the maritime links that brought together the prehistoric communities of the Transmanche area.

The Trust is undertaking this work in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Lille 3, Ghent University, INRAP (the French national archaeology service), the Conseil general du Pas-de-Calais, the town of Boulogne-sur-Mer and the British Museum.

It has taken several years of planning and negotiation to set this project up, with no guarantee of success, so I am very pleased to report we have finally secured approval.  It means that the Trust will take a major role in a high-status international endeavour, with all that means in terms of exposure of the Trust to a wider audience, the development of better links with our archaeological colleagues across the water, and the fulfilment of our charitable aims through greatly enhanced education and outreach activities.
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Canterbury Climate & Fair Trade Market

May 16th, 2011

Winning raffle ticket is No. 82.  Please contact Marion Green at CAT to claim your prize worth over £40 (copies of Roman Canterbury and Medieval Canterbury, Waterstones gift voucher, membership of Friends of CAT for one year).

You can call in to collect the prize (location map at ) or we can post to you.

Either way you will need to show us your winning ticket

Thanks to all of you who stopped by the Canterbury Archaeological Trust stall at the week end.  It was good to talk to you and spread the word about our work.

01227 825251

Canterbury Climate & Fair Trade Market

May 12th, 2011

Canterbury Archaeological Trust will have a stall at the Canterbury Climate & Fair Trade Market
in St George’s Street, Canterbury this weekend.

Saturday 14th, 9am to 5pm

Sunday 15th May, 10am to 4pm

Come and see us. FREE RAFFLE

Campaign stalls, entertainers, Fairtrade and organic produce stalls and displays stretching along The Parade and St George’s Street between Rose Lane and the Clock tower.

From stage to screen

March 4th, 2011

On the subject of  Canterbury’s Roman theatre stage, Trust Director Paul Bennett was interviewed by Meridian TV on Friday about the discovery. The reporter could not have chosen a better person to explain the significance; Paul is not only an acknowledged expert on such matters, he’s also an old hand at performing in front of the camera – who needs Tony Robinson!

Not quite the final act!

February 25th, 2011

Shoppers in Canterbury may have noticed that workmen digging a trench near the Three Tuns pub in Castle Street suddenly downed tools the other day. That’s because they had uncovered what we think is part of the stage belonging to the Roman theatre.

As the Investigating Authority for the Canterbury Area of Archaeological Importance the Trust was called in by the city council, for whom the work was being done. We will now take detailed recordings of the masonry and add the information to our already extensive map of Roman Canterbury. The remains will then be more thoroughly investigated before being preserved in situ. As to the water pipe for which the trench was intended…that will almost certainly have to go somewhere else.

A new job begins

February 20th, 2011

In the next few days we will begin work on a new project in Canterbury. The site falls between St George’s Place and Dover Street. We’ll be reporting on progress as it happens so check back regularly.

Well done Peter!

February 18th, 2011

Deputy Director Peter Clark gave an excellent presentation at the University of Kent, Canterbury, last night on the Dover Bronze Age Boat reconstruction project – Boat 1550 BC. If all goes well – and the money comes through – then later this year work will start on the 1.9m Euro international project, led by Canterbury Archaeological Trust and the University of Lille 3.

Pete, and all of us at the Trust, can’t wait to get stuck in. It’s going to be a fantastic project and will advance our knowledge of Bronze Age society, technology and maritime contact in the Transmanche region.

If you haven’t seen the boat then make an effort to get down to Dover museum, it really is a spectacular sight. If such a visit isn’t an option then don’t miss the coming week’s episode of the BBC 2 series ‘A History of Ancient Britain’, broadcast on Wednesday at 9.00 pm.
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