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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.



Next Saturday sees the first of some interesting local conferences and talks which are coming up this autumn.

Early Medieval Kent, 800-1220: Saturday 10 September
A joint Christ Church Canterbury University/Centre for Kent History and Heritage/Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust venture. It takes place at the Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury, starting at 10.00 am. Eight speakers will cover topics in four sessions: Raiders, Invaders and Settlers; Aspects of Landscape; The Church; The City of Canterbury. Great value at £10/£8 (FCAT)/students free.  Full details and how to book here.

Folkestone’s Wild Frontier: Saturday 8 October
This event has been organised in collaboration with the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme to support the work of the East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School. Taking place at The Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine Street, Folkestone, there is a full programme of talks throughout the day, followed by an evening of live music in the Quarterhouse Bar from 7.30pm.  Admission donations on the door.

CAT@40: Thursday 10 November
If you missed Paul Bennett’s review of 40 years of work by the Trust at the Beaney in April, there’s a chance to hear more of the story at Waterstones bookshop in St Margaret’s Street, starting at 6.30 pm. Tickets £3.oo from the St Margaret’s Street shop.

Villas in the Roman Landscape: Saturday 26 November
The importance of Roman villas in the landscape and history of Kent will be the theme of a one-day conference sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society in association with the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent, to be held at Rutherford College at the university.  More details and booking here.

And don’t forget, our own evening course Canterbury’s Tale: the story of a city from the Ice Age to the Tudors, begins on Tuesday 27 September.  Just the thing as the days get shorter and longer evenings approach.



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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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.



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.

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.



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



We have been working with the Kent Archaeological Society to mount an exhibition in Maidstone Museum for the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology fortnight, July 14th to 29th 2012.

The exhibition will now run beyond this period until September.

Themes illustrated are the current Boat 1550 BC project (Dover Bronze Age boat), the Archaeology in Education Service (both of which are supported by the KAS), Volunteering and the Community Archaeology projects, CSI:Sittingbourne and A Town Unearthed, Folkestone before 1500.

Displays include finds, reconstructions, replicas and photographs and will reflect our successful work in the community.

The exhibition is funded by Kent Archaeological Society.
Exhibition in Maidstone Museum



We are working with the Kent Archaeological Society to mount an exhibition in Maidstone Museum for the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology fortnight, July 14th to 29th 2012.

Themes will include the current Boat 1550 BC project (Dover Bronze Age boat) and the Archaeology in Education Service, both of which are supported by the KAS. Displays will include finds, reconstructions and photographs and will reflect our successful work in the community.

The exhibition will be funded by Kent Archaeological Society.