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Sold out, but more coming soon

April 19th, 2016

Quadrans novus

All of our Public Talks hosted by the Beaney during the exhibition 40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust have sold out!  Jake’s talk on work in the Westgate Parks and Paul’s whistle-stop tour of the first 40 years of the Trust were both enthusiastically received and the third talk will no doubt be just as fascinating.

Andy Linklater will present the final talk in the series on Thursday 21 April, telling the story of the discovery of a quadrans novus at the House of Agnes in St Dunstan’s Street. The object is very rare; Canterbury’s is only the seventh known in the world. The instrument itself is now at the British Museum, but a replica has been loaned to the exhibition.

We hope to repeat each of the talks later in this 40th year.



4,300 visitors and rising

April 12th, 2016

40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Two weeks into the exhibition and not only has the number of visitors been great, their comments have made all the hard work worthwhile.  A few from the opening weekend:

‘An amazing display.  Interesting and inspiring.’

‘So much information: so much discovery’

‘A vivid record of work in an inspiring archaeological area!’

Do visit.  We close on the 24th April.  40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust.  Front Room, Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, High Street, Canterbury.



40years: talks at The Beaney

April 7th, 2016

40years_westgate_community_dig_whats_on_copyCanterbury's Archaeology 1976–2016Quadrans Novus

A public talk, The Archaeology of the Westgate Gardens, will take place on Saturday 9th April at The Beaney (2–4pm). This is the first of three talks hosted by The Beaney whilst our exhibition is on in The Front Room.

The second talk, CAT @ 40 by Dr Paul Bennett, is on Thursday 14 April and is already fully booked! It is hoped that an extended version of this talk will take place later in this 40th year.

Canterbury’s medieval computer: the discovery of the Quadrans Novus at the House of Agnes by Andrew Linklater who discovered this amazing medieval scientific instrument, will take place on Thursday 21 April, 6–7pm.

Bookings are still being taken for both Jake’s and Andrew’s talks via thebeaney.co.uk, though it is also possible to drop into the Saturday afternoon event.



Happy birthday!

April 4th, 2016

Well over 100 invited guests enjoyed the official opening of our exhibition at the Beaney last Thursday evening, the eve of our 40th birthday. Attended by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, the evening also brought together staff, friends and supporters spanning 40 years.

On Friday staff at 92A were treated to birthday cake by Caroline Simpson, one of those forward thinking individuals who campaigned for the establishment of a professional unit in Canterbury back in 1976.  Sadly the cake was consumed before a record shot could be taken, but here’s the card …

40years_launch_party40years_foundersHappt 40th



40years: off to a good start

March 29th, 2016

Our exhibition ’40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ opened to the public on Good Friday and was viewed by 1,709 visitors over Easter weekend. A great start to a busy month.

If you missed the first Little Dig family event on Saturday, don’t worry, two more are scheduled for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April. Initiated at the Big Dig during the Whitefriars redevelopment, Little Dig gives 5 to 11 year olds the chance to be an archaeologist. Real artefacts are archaeologically excavated using the tools of the trade, all under the supervision of our Education Officer, Marion Green.

The Little Dig has travelled far and wide, to Washington and to the Continent. It has proved popular wherever it goes as you can see from these pictures taken at Whitefriars and at Richborough.

Little Dig Whitefriars

Little Dig WhitefriarsLittle Dig Richborough

A series of talks accompanies the exhibition.  Some, including the Little Dig, require booking, so check them out here.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 24th April.



Our 40th birthday is almost here

March 14th, 2016

40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust

Friday 25 March to Sunday 24 April
The Front Room, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge,
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2RA
Free Admission, drop in

We begin our 40th anniversary celebrations with a special exhibition. Since the Trust was founded in 1976 we have carried out thousands of projects. The exhibition celebrates the achievements and discoveries of the last 40 years, covering key sites, finds and buildings, as well as innovative educational and community work. Learn about one of the UK’s most highly-regarded archaeological units and how its work enriches the story of Canterbury.
40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust



Other Times, Other Worlds

February 9th, 2016

A fascinating talk examining the links between gaming, fantasy, history, imagination and archaeology.

Andrew Richardson of the Trust and Dr Lesley Hardy (Canterbury Christ Church University) will explore whether imagined worlds have anything useful to tell us about our own world or if gaming can help us get closer to the lives of our ancient and medieval ancestors.

Whatever your views on these and similar questions please come along and share them. Tickets still available (£3.00/£4.00).

Thursday 11 February, 6.00-7.00pm.
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, 18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA.



Not just a pair of socks

November 26th, 2015

If you’re stuck for ideas for Christmas presents, consider buying someone an experience with Canterbury Archaeological Trust. We offer one-day experiences next summer on the Iron Age and Roman site at East Wear Bay, Folkestone, from £65, or bookings of one to four weeks on-site training from £30-£40 per day (depending on how many weeks you book). Or buy someone a gift voucher for one or more of our popular one-day courses here in Canterbury. We will provide named gift vouchers for any of these options to present at Christmas or birthdays. Full details here or contact Andrew Richardson andrew.richardson@canterburytrust.co.uk.
East Wear Bay one-day experience



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