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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.
Welcome back!
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

Build a henge next week!

October 19th, 2016

We are teaming up with Woodland Wildlife Hidden History in Sittingbourne to re-create a wooden henge near the site of the Neolithic monument, now covered by The Meads housing development.

We are looking for volunteers to help carve the wooden posts and, using the wonders of modern technology, we will then put the posts up in The Meads Community Woodland on the exact alignment and positioning of the original posts.

It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about the history and archaeology of this area – you may just be surprised how far it stretches back!

Digging for Britain

September 29th, 2016

Our very own Andrew Richardson filming with the BBC’s Alice Roberts yesterday. Here they are looking at the seventh-century Anglo-Saxon pendant found at Cranmer House in London Road in 1982. They also looked at the beautiful Viking age knife, found way back in 1976.  Both items are on display at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge – where the filming took place.

Folkestone’s Wild Frontier

September 12th, 2016

Folkestone’s Wild Frontier: a celebration of the Warren
9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 8th October 2016
The Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1BN

A free one day conference celebrating and exploring all aspects of Folkestone Warren, with papers by a number of expert speakers – programme here.

Followed by ‘The Gig for the Dig’: an evening of live music in the Quarterhouse bar  from 7.30 pm.  Admission donations of £10 or above on the door. All profits go to the East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School.

If you are interested in attending one or both of these events, please contact Andrew Richardson.

What do archaeologists think about Brexit?

September 6th, 2016

For the official statement from the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists click here.

Some perspectives from the Society of Antiquaries of London, here.

And (for French speakers only), an interview on national radio about Brexit and ‘British isolationism’ from an archaeological perspective, here.

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