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Trust Blog Tags: Categories: Trust Blog. Tags: old photographs.

This photograph, which recently came to light in our library, was taken in 1989 when the three archaeologists who pioneered post-war excavations in the city were joined by Tim Tatton-Brown, our first director, and his successor, Paul Bennett, at the 15th International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies held in September at the University of Kent.  From left to right […]


Andrew Richardson, Outreach and Archives Manager

Email: andrew.richardson@canterburytrust.co.uk Direct line: +44 (1227) 825276


Summer outings
Trust Blog Categories: Trust Blog.

It’s June! The sun is out (today at least), the strawberries are ripening and it’s time for garden parties, fetes and pageants.  Here are three local events where you can catch up with the Trust, handle some finds or have a Litte Dig. First up is Charing Village Fete and Flower Show on Saturday 22nd […]


Good news!
Trust Blog Tags: Categories: Trust Blog. Tags: Theft.

We are very pleased to announce that late last week, officers from Kent Police, accompanied by members of staff from Canterbury Archaeological Trust, recovered a large quantity of stolen artefacts and other items from a derelict property on Military Road, Canterbury. Most, if not all, of the estimated 2000 archaeological finds stolen from our Kingsmead […]


Theft and vandalism
Trust Blog Tags: Categories: Trust Blog. Tags: Theft.

Sadly we have to report a series of break-ins and thefts from our main archive at Kingsmead in Canterbury. Apart from causing considerable damage and chaos, the thieves took over 850 Anglo-Saxon glass beads, large quantities of coins and metal artefacts, and an assortment of bone objects. They ransacked our educational loans collection, disturbing 90% of the 200 loan […]


Lost abbot is found
Trust Blog Tags: Categories: Trust Blog. Tags: St Albans Cathedral.

A week or so back one of the burials being excavated at St Albans yielded an exciting find – a papal bulla, then a second and then a third! Since then, research by experts at the cathedral has revealed the identity of the occupant of the grave. Read the story on the project blog of Alban Britain’s […]


Monks’ Cemetery, St Albans Cathedral

Monks’ Cemetery, St Albans Cathedral Excavations within the angle of the presbytery and south-east transept of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans were undertaken from August 2017 to early February 2018. Watching brief work on the installation of new services will be undertaken over the coming months. The works are in advance of […]


Celebrating William Urry
Trust Blog Tags: Categories: Trust Blog. Tags: William Urry.

It’s fifty years since the publication of Canterbury Under the Angevin Kings, William Urry’s fascinating study of the twelfth-century city. To celebrate this, a special event was held last Thursday afternoon (18th May) at the Cathedral Archives and Library.  Sheila Sweetinburgh has posted an account of the afternoon on her Centre of Kent History and Heritage blog. It makes interesting reading! Tweet


The Ian Coulson Annual Bursary for Kent schools

The Ian Coulson Annual Bursary for local history/archaeology in Kent schools Teaching resources funded by the Ian Coulson Bursary Investigating the Impact of World War l on your Locality: A Teaching and Learning Resource for Schools (Key Stage 3) Investigating Aspects of the History of Kent at Key Stage 3 This annual bursary has been […]


Mystery solved!
Trust Blog Tags: Categories: Trust Blog. Tags: mystery find.

Way back in another time and another website we posted this ‘Mystery Find No 2’. At that time several suggestions were made for the function of these objects, some of which it turns out were not too far from the truth! Yesterday we received this message from John Cotter of Oxford Archaeology. ‘Remember those weird […]