Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

Slatters 2018
The Director’s annual round up of all the Trust’s activities during the past year takes place on Saturday, 23rd February. Often a bit of a marathon, the lecture begins at 6pm in the Michael Berry lecture theatre at the Old Sessions House in Longport. As always, a donation towards the work of the Trust is appreciated: FCAT £2.00, Guests £3.00.

This is a joint event with the Canterbury History and Archaeology Society.

University of Kent: Classics and Archaeology

23/01 Archaeological Fieldwork Evening. Come and hear about archaeology fieldwork at Kent.  Dreams of summer. Dig reports with a free drink. The first event of term.

(17:00-19:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

06/02 Professor Edith Hall (KCL) Why are Women Novelists Rewriting Homer Today?
(17:00-18:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

20/02 Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge) The Changing Face of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
(17:00-18:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

13/03 Professor David Mattingly (Leicester) Beyond the Roman Frontier: The Wadi Draa Project.
(17:30-18:30) Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 (The Peter Sadler Archaeology Lecture).

20/03 Professor Peter Heather (KCL) Why did the Western Empire Unravel?
(17:00-18:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

03/04 University of Kent Classics Day … with Greek Play.
(13.00-21.30) Templeman Library Lecture Theatre / Gulbenkian Theatre

Kent Classics Day 3rd April 2019
Student PhD Work / Staff Lectures / Greek Play (Lysistrata)

(13.00 -15.30) Work in Progress: PhD Research in Classics & Archaeology
Giulia Frigerio, A Cognitive Approach to Divination Procedures at the Oracle of Delphi.
Felicia Fricke; Enslavement in Curacao: Osteological, Archaeological, and Oral Historical Perspectives.
Phil Smither, Reassessing Richborough: New Interpretation of Old Excavation (1922-1938).
Sophie Chavarria, Memoria and Women in Mid-Republican Rome.
Karl Goodwin, Regaining the Displaced: Narratives in Roman Displays.

(16.00-18.00) Classics Research Lectures
Dr Matthijs Wibier, Roman Law and the Question of Legal Pluralism in Late Antique Papyri.
Dr Laura Nissin, Making Sense(s) of Roman Neighbourhoods.
Dr Jo Stoner, Private Letters as Personal Possessions in Roman Egypt.
Dr Rosie Wyles, Greek Comedy in Context.

(18:00-19:00) Reception
(19.30-21.30) Greek Play Aristophanes Lysistrata

Lectures and Reception: Templeman Library Lecture Theatre / Play: Gulbenkian Theatre

All lectures will be held on the University of Kent Campus, Canterbury.

Lectures: Entrance Free. All Welcome. Greek Play: Tickets available via the Gulbenkian website soon

Tim Tatton-Brown (Director of CAT, 1976-1985) will return to Canterbury on 27th October to give a lecture in memory of Alf Smyth, Professor of History at the University of Kent and early friend and supporter of the Trust.

‘Canterbury in the Domesday Book’ will take place in the Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 at the University of Kent at 6.00 pm. The event is hosted by the Canterbury branch of the Historical Association.

The Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society has sent us details of their lecture course, this year given by John Grigsby. John is currently writing his PhD on Stonehenge; his day job is with our excavation team.

Transitions in History, Archaeology and Myth:
how did traditions change or survive?

Session Date
1. The chosen few: Medway Megaliths – were Neolithic tombs burial places of elites, war-dead or sacrifices? Looking at evidence for a clash of faiths in Neolithic Britain. 13 March
2. Broken circles: The End of the Bronze Age in Thanet and Kent – rituals and sites, and the coming of Iron. Might climate change have brought about the collapse of Bronze Age society? 10 April
3. Pontifex Maximus: Julius Caesar in Kent – the impact of the Romans on British language, culture and religion. How much did the Roman occupation really change the native Britons? 8 May
4. Gods, heroes or mercenaries?: Hengist and Horsa – Anglo-Saxon paganism and the coming of the English. Are the first English heroes mythical or rooted in reality as Tolkien believed? 12 June
5. Domneva’s Deer: Saints and heroes – possible Pagan survivals in local hagiography. We look at the miracle tales of the early Christian saints – did they incorporate aspects of an older faith? 10 July
6. Dissolution: The history of St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury - the rise and fall of Monasticism in Kent from Augustine to Henry VIII. 11 Sept
7. The Six Witches of Maidstone – the witch-trials of the 1600′s – origins, theories and facts. We look at documentary evidence of the trials and the social phenomena behind the persecutions. 9 Oct
8. The Hooden Horse: folk tradition or pagan survival? Analysis of a Kentish Christmas custom - do the roots of such traditions countrywide predate Christianity? 13 Nov

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Fee for all eight lectures £80: individual lectures £12, including refreshments and course materials. Under 18s (minimum age 16): all eight lectures £65, individual lectures £10 each. Course sessions are held in the hall at Crampton. Each session runs from 7.00-9.00 pm.

Limited places – book early!

For course details and enrolment: , message us on our Facebook page (Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society), or write to IOTAS at:
Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society
Room B, Crampton Tower Yard
High Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2AB


Last Thursday was a busy evening for those keen to attend archaeology lectures in Canterbury.  Read all about it on CCCU’s Centre for Kent History and Heritage blog.

The next Friends’ lecture is on Saturday 25th February. Starting at 6 pm in Og46 Old Sessions House, this is traditionally something of an annual marathon. Trust Director, Paul Bennett will attempt to beat the clock and deliver an amply illustrated account of all the Trust’s various activities over the past year – before the caretaker arrives jingling his keys!

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_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.

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.

We have been sent the programme [PDF] for Gesoriacum/Bononia, between land and sea, a conference taking place in Boulogne, 24th and 25th September. Andrew Richardson’s paper, ’The view from the bay: exchange, production and settlement at East Wear Bay, Folkestone, during the late Iron Age and Roman periods’ will undoubtedly include findings from new work at the villa. The East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School starts today!
Gesoriacum Bononia

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!