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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.

Field school news

November 14th, 2016

East Wear Bay summer 2016
The new website for East Wear Bay Field School has gone live. Check out what we’ve been up to over the last few seasons – and book your place to join us in 2017!

Photo credited to John Stevens.

CAT@40 continued …

November 8th, 2016

Canterbury's Archaeology 1976–2016
There’s a second opportunity to experience a whistle-stop tour of the first 40 years of the Trust on Thursday (10th). Paul Bennett will expand on the ‘CAT@40′ talk which was full to capacity at the Beaney during our ’40 years’ exhibition earlier this year. The talk is being hosted by Waterstones in St Margaret’s Street and starts at 6.30pm. Tickets (£3.00) are still available (from the bookshop).

Fresh starts at 92A

November 2nd, 2016

Some fresh starts in the office this week.

First, welcome to Laura O’Shea-Walker who has returned to the Trust as our Management Team Assistant. Laura will be working in the office here at 92A, supporting the work of our project managers. It’s great to have her back on the team.
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Second, Monday saw some members of staff moving back into the newly refurbished downstairs office. Long overdue for redecoration, a flood back in August 2015 proved the impetus for a total facelift.  Peter Atkinson, brushed off his interior design skills to great effect and has created a clean, fresh environment in a difficult space.  His scheme also cleverly accommodates three extra work stations.  So, next time rain stops play on site, there will be plenty of room for staff to catch up with paperwork!
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Being Human – a festival of humanities

October 26th, 2016

Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. It is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This year’s festival is taking place nationally 17–25 November 2016 and we are pleased to act as hosts for a workshop, organised by the University of Kent.

Hopes and fears of archaeology: poetry and artefacts workshop
Friday 18th November 6-8 pm
Being Human
This event combines writing with archaeology. Join us for a poetry workshop where you can get your hands dirty. Led by Dan Simpson, it is a chance to gain hands-on experience of artefacts found in your city and region and discover what happens to them after they have been excavated. It will also explore what archaeologists hope to find as well as their fears about the destruction of the past.

Free admission. No booking required.

Part of the University of Kent’s series ‘ All roads lead to poems/All odes lead to Rome ‘.
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Led by: University of Kent

Three events in Thanet

October 24th, 2016

The Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society has been in touch to tell us about three upcoming talks for the autumn

The first is tonight (24th October) at the Lecture Hall, Crampton Tower Yard (behind the tower), Broadstairs. ‘Rediscovering the hamlet of Upton and the Mystery of the Goodsons’ will be delivered by  Gordon Taylor at 7.45 pm (doors open 7.15). Admission is £3.00 for non IOTAS members.

The second is on Thursday 3rd November at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Cliftonville. Phil Andrews (Wessex Archaeology) will talk on ‘Operation Nightingale’, a project which gives injured soldiers the chance to get involved in archaeology and which has had some remarkable outcomes. Wessex Archaeology’s excavation with them on Salisbury Plain has featured on Time Team. The talk begins at 7.45 pm (doors open 7.15).

The third event is a Wine and Wisdom (undoubtedly with an archaeological flavour) on Saturday 12th November. Admission is £8 to include a fish supper. Email Marilyn Bishop ( for more details and/or to book a table.

Hayes Canterbury Award

October 20th, 2016

We were really pleased to hear that the Trust was to be awarded to Hayes Canterbury Award for 2016 to mark its fortieth anniversary.

“The Hayes Canterbury Award Committee met this morning and have unanimously decided to make the Award this year to the Trust, in this its fortieth year. This is in recognition of the Trust’s engagement with the local community through the 2016 exhibition at the Beaney, the Trust’s website and the many talks, walks and research publications produced over the past 4 decades, as well as all the work of the Trust in its archaeological digs and reports.
The award commemorates John Hayes, who was head of History at Canterbury Christ Church University until his death in 1980, and his wife Peggy, who died in 2011.”

Yesterday, Paul Bennett accepted the award on behalf of the Trust at a ceremony at the Sidney Cooper Gallery presided over by Cllr George Metcalfe, the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Canterbury.
John and Peggy Hayes Canterbury award

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