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Historic buildings of Folkestone

November 19th, 2015

This coming Saturday afternoon (21st November), Andy Linklater will be giving a FREE talk, see poster!
Free Public Talk



Not just a Roman road

November 10th, 2015

Jake Weekes will describe the findings of the community digs held in the Westgate Gardens over two summers at a Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust event hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University.

Thursday 26 November 1016, 7.00 pm
Newton Building, room Ng07, Canterbury Christ Church University



Anglo-Saxon Kent: old and new discoveries

October 22nd, 2015

Keith Parfitt and Andrew Richardson will be speaking at the KAS fieldwork committee’s conference at the University of Kent on Saturday 31st October.  Other speakers are Ges Moody (St Augustine’s landing place); Dana Goodburn-Brown (The Meads, Sittingbourne); Gabor Thomas and Alex Knox (Lyminge) and Alison Taylor (St Peter’s cemetery, Thanet).  Andrew will be speaking about the wonderful Anglo-Saxon finds in the Society’s own collection and Keith about the settlement excavated at Church Whitfield on the Whitfield-Eastry by-pass and Buckland cemetery.

Gold bracteate, Buckland

Lyminge excavations

Meads Anglo-Saxon cemetery

There will be a bookstall with some of our publications available at special conference prices.

Booking form and details.



CAT KITs go to Canterbury Festival

October 13th, 2015

On Saturday 24th October, participants at one of Canterbury Festival’s creative writing workshops can get creative with some of our finds from the past. Local historical fiction author, Truda Thurai is borrowing a CAT KIT of original finds which it is hoped will inspire! The workshop will be followed by Invention vs Accuracy in Historical Fiction Writing, a panel debate between two academics and two fiction writers on the role of research. Sounds like a really interesting event.

Details of the workshop and debate are on the SaveAs Writers website www.saveaswriters.co.uk and in the Canterbury Festival programme.



Woolcomber Street ‘Open Weekend’

September 28th, 2015

A few photos of the recent event.
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Writing from Way Back

September 22nd, 2015

Palaeography workshop on Wednesday 28 October 10.30am – 4.00pm at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Clock Tower Building, Civic Centre Site, Strood. Learn to decipher sixteenth- and seventeenth-century documents with Dr David Wright MA PhD FSG.

Cost: £30.00 per person.
Booking essential. Please telephone 01634 332714 to book your place.
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Medway Archive Course 2015



New resource for a new school year ‘What was it like to live in Anglo-Saxon Lyminge?’

September 17th, 2015

Looking for resources to support KS 2 History in the coming year? Then this new curriculum pack from Canterbury Archaeological Trust Education Service could help you. The pack is a product of the highly successful Lyminge Archaeological Project which  Reading University ran each summer from 2007 to 2014.  It is written by Trust staff member Andy Macintosh who worked on the excavations with the Reading team and who delivers workshops in local primary schools.

What was it like to live in Anglo-Saxon Lyminge?’ tells a rich story of the development of an Anglo-Saxon settlement, drawing together evidence from archaeological excavations and documentary sources. There are linked classroom activities to help children develop history, geography and literacy skills plus information about borrowing handling collections from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.
What was it like to live in Anglo-Saxon Lyminge?



Woolcomber Street ‘Open Weekend’

September 15th, 2015

The excavation at Woolcomber Street, Dover will open to the public over the weekend of 26th – 27th September.  Come and enjoy a guided tour, meet the archaeologists and see some of the finds.  More details to follow.



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