Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

New community project at Sandwich

January 24th, 2017

St Peter's Church, Sandwich
A community excavation began at St Peter’s Church in Sandwich on Sunday.

The project will uncover what remains the south aisle, which was demolished when the tower of the church fell in 1661. Read more about the project and its progress here.

Work continues each weekend until mid February.

A double act evening

January 23rd, 2017

Last Thursday was a busy evening for those keen to attend archaeology lectures in Canterbury.  Read all about it on CCCU’s Centre for Kent History and Heritage blog.

The next Friends’ lecture is on Saturday 25th February. Starting at 6 pm in Og46 Old Sessions House, this is traditionally something of an annual marathon. Trust Director, Paul Bennett will attempt to beat the clock and deliver an amply illustrated account of all the Trust’s various activities over the past year – before the caretaker arrives jingling his keys!

40 years opens in Maidstone

January 17th, 2017

40 Years, Maidstone 40 Years, Maidstone 40 Years, Maidstone
The exhibition ’40 years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ opened in Maidstone on Saturday and it’s looking grand in its new space. If you missed it at the Beaney in Canterbury here are details of opening hours and how to get to the Kent History and Library Centre.

Thanks to Enid Allison for the photos.

FCAT lecture: working with military veterans

January 12th, 2017

Army Veterans visit Hampton First Steps
Next Thursday, 19th January, Andrew Richardson will talk to the Friends on ‘Archaeology as therapy for military veterans’ and how some of our recent community archaeology projects have supported this initiative.

A group of army veterans joined the ‘A Town Unearthed’ dig at East Wear Bay in 2011, as part of Operation Nightingale. That scheme was set up to help rehabilitate injured soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan by getting them involved in field archaeology. Having made a connection, the Trust has continued to work locally with military veterans.

Andrew’s talk begins at 7pm at Canterbury Christ Church University (Newton NS06).  This is a Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust event, but guests are welcome. Donations at the door.

Digging for Britain

December 20th, 2016

Professor Alice Roberts
If you’ve been following the current season of ’Digging for Britain’ with Dr Alice Roberts be sure to tune in tonight to BBC Four.  You will see our own Andrew Richardson with Canterbury Museum’s Craig Bowen, talking to Alice about the Canterbury Pendant and telling an interesting Viking story.

You can catch up on all the episodes so far here on BBC iPlayer.

40 Years – on the move again

December 5th, 2016

The 40 Years exhibition will shortly leave Dover Museum and move on to the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.  It will be on display there from Monday 9th January to Saturday 4th March.

The centre, a purpose built ‘house of history’, opened in April 2012 and is in James Whatman Way on the north side of the town, just off Royal Engineers Road.

Information on opening times will be posted soon.

The Canterbury Journey

December 5th, 2016

South Precincts
A trench is being dug to the south of the Cathedral nave as part of The Canterbury Journey programme of work.

The 60m long trench is to allow a new drain to be installed so that rain water can be diverted away from damaging the foundations of the Cathedral and new Precincts’ landscaping.

We have been carrying out investigations in the Precincts since summer 2016 in preparation for the start of major building work in early 2017. The current work will take about five weeks to complete.

The Canterbury Journey is a £24.7 million development to carry out vital restoration work on the Cathedral building whilst improving access for visitors who want to find out more about its history and mission.

To find out more go to

The first 10 years

November 22nd, 2016

The early years
Tim Tatton-Brown returns to Canterbury on Thursday to talk to the Friends about ’The Early Years of the Trust’.  His talk begins at 7 pm at Canterbury Christ Church College, Laud Lg16, North Holmes campus.

Tim was Director from 1976 to 1985 – steering the new organisation through exciting, and sometimes turbulent, times.

FCAT requests a donation of £2.00 for members and £3.00 for non-members, to help cover the costs of talks, and to help to support the activities of Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

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