Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

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The new Folkestone Museum opens at the end of May.

Funding from the National Lottery has helped create a brand new museum in the heart of the town in the Town Hall.

The museum will house artefacts charting the town’s past from fossils through to early settlements in the area and will include finds from archaeological digs which were in danger of being dispersed away from Folkestone.

The opening weekend over 27th and 28th May will include a host of free family friendly activities from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on each day.

‘Explore the collections with fun interactives, see and hold real creepy crawlies, dig for fossilised remains and meet characters from Folkestone’s past.’

Folkestone Museum
The Town Hall
1-2 Guildhall Street

Folkestone’s Wild Frontier: a celebration of the Warren
9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 8th October 2016
The Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1BN

A free one day conference celebrating and exploring all aspects of Folkestone Warren, with papers by a number of expert speakers – programme here.

Followed by ‘The Gig for the Dig’: an evening of live music in the Quarterhouse bar  from 7.30 pm.  Admission donations of £10 or above on the door. All profits go to the East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School.

If you are interested in attending one or both of these events, please contact Andrew Richardson.

Andy Linklater is giving a talk about the historic architecture of old Folkestone, tomorrow evening, Thursday 21st May, from 6.30-8.30pm.  The venue is Woodward Hall, on the Bayle and the event is free. All welcome!

If you want to learn more about the history of Folkestone, there’s a free talk next Thursday, 30th April starting at 7.30 pm.  Click on the poster for more details.
Public Talk

Sunday 7th September, a beautiful late summer’s day and the crew sets off to paddle from Folkestone to Dover at last (the planned first attempt last month having been cancelled due to stormy weather).  But the extra weekends spent rowing in the interim meant that the crew (Terry, Peter, Ross, Hazel, Jess, Anne, Thierry, Paul B, Paul A and Andrew) was better prepared for the challenge and the voyage was completed in 1 hour and 50 minutes – harbour mouth to harbour mouth!
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The voyage was filmed by Meridian and featured on the evening news. Then later the boat featured in a Time Team special on Channel 4. A big weekend for the Bronze Age boat!

Bring on the Great River Race on September 27th!

On Sunday 10th August, weather permitting, an intrepid crew will attempt to paddle the replica boat between Folkestone  and Dover harbours. The crew has been in training at weekends for some weeks now and is gearing up for the 8 mile row in the open waters of the Channel, so everything is crossed in hope that fair weather and calm seas allow the challenge.

Good vantage points for viewing and cheering on will be Copt Point and Samphire Hoe and, of course, a welcoming party at Dover Harbour would be especially appreciated. It could be some celebration!
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And there’s talk of entering the Great River Race, billed as London’s River Marathon, on Saturday 27th September!

Keith Parfitt, Andrew Richardson (Canterbury Archaeological Trust) and Lesley Hardy (Canterbury Christ Church University) will outline some the most important findings of the ‘A Town Unearthed’ project at a special event at Folkestone Book Festival on Sunday 24th November.

The three year community project is now complete. Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed provides an illustrated summary of the history of the town from earliest times to the 1500s and beyond.

The talk, at Folkestone Library (2 Grace Street, CT20 1HD), starts at 2.30 pm.

Tickets £6.50 (£3.00 concessions) from or Quarterhouse Box Office, Quarterhouse, Mill bay, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1BN.

Telephone 01303 858500

Copies of the book (£14.99) will be on sale.
Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed

Open Air Museum of the Everyday

20th – 28th July 2013

Archaeological dig for one week, exhibition in Quarterhouse foyer, live music and much, much more.

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Payers Park

Up on the Downs is looking for volunteers to help with a survey of twentieth-century military and civil defence structures on the Downs around Dover and Folkestone. A large number of these sites are recorded, but many are incorrectly located. Volunteers are needed to help accurately locate as many as possible, and identify any that have not been previously recorded. In addition, we want to survey the current condition of these important remains. Based on the results of this survey, volunteers will then be able to carry out remedial works on some of them in the next stage of the project.

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The excavation at Folkestone Roman Villa has been nominated within the Rescue Dig of the Year category in the Current Archaeology Awards 2013.  Nominations are based on articles and books featured in Current Archaeology over the last 12 months. Folkestone: Roman villa or Iron Age oppidum featured in issue 262 last December.

Our work at Folkestone Roman Villa is part of the ‘A Town Unearthed’ community project.

Voting for the awards is now open, so vote for us here