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The exhibition ’40 years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ opened in Maidstone on Saturday and it’s looking grand in its new space. If you missed it at the Beaney in Canterbury here are details of opening hours and how to get to the Kent History and Library Centre.

Thanks to Enid Allison for the photos.

A thank you to Dover Museum for hosting our exhibition ’40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ until December.  In January the exhibition will move to Maidstone where it will be on display until March.

The exhibition at the Beaney has now closed. It was a job well done and successfully showed the extent and quality of the Trust’s work to a wide audience, as the many appreciative comments from among the 7,000+ visitors show. Here are a few:

‘Excellent, very informative overview of CAT’s work and the significance of its achievements – long may it continue.’
‘The CAT exhibition manages the almost impossible – a very successful snapshot of 40 years work. Well done, I hope it has inspired a new generation to become involved and hands on!’
‘Small but beautiful! A lot of very well put together, informative displays/info. Perfect complement to library and museum. Thanks!’
‘A well composed exhibition. Really great to see some of your special finds face to face. A fine body of work the effort shows in the finished product. Well done everyone.’

The Friends manned the exhibition for the vast majority of the 249 hours of opening. They did a fantastic job, the shifts ran like clockwork and they enjoyed themselves. Staff at the Beaney were also impressed by the whole event and it was a pleasure to liaise with those front-of-house staff who supported in various ways during the run.
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Quadrans novus

All of our Public Talks hosted by the Beaney during the exhibition 40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust have sold out!  Jake’s talk on work in the Westgate Parks and Paul’s whistle-stop tour of the first 40 years of the Trust were both enthusiastically received and the third talk will no doubt be just as fascinating.

Andy Linklater will present the final talk in the series on Thursday 21 April, telling the story of the discovery of a quadrans novus at the House of Agnes in St Dunstan’s Street. The object is very rare; Canterbury’s is only the seventh known in the world. The instrument itself is now at the British Museum, but a replica has been loaned to the exhibition.

We hope to repeat each of the talks later in this 40th year.

40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Two weeks into the exhibition and not only has the number of visitors been great, their comments have made all the hard work worthwhile.  A few from the opening weekend:

‘An amazing display.  Interesting and inspiring.’

‘So much information: so much discovery’

‘A vivid record of work in an inspiring archaeological area!’

Do visit.  We close on the 24th April.  40years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust.  Front Room, Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, High Street, Canterbury.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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