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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, 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 …

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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
East Wear Bay one-day experience

Archaeological Finds Identification

November 23rd, 2015

Have you got a find at home that you would like identified? Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme Jennifer Jackson will be holding a surgery in The Beaney so bring along your finds to be identified and recorded. Jennifer is hoping to record finds made by metal detectorists and people who find archaeological artefacts whilst out walking, gardening or renovating houses.
Free admission, drop in.
Please contact Jennifer to make an appointment: Jennifer. or 03000 41340

Thursday 3 December 2.00 to 6.30pm
Explorers & Collectors Gallery, The Beaney

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

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