Canterbury Archaeological Trust is committed to sharing our enthusiasm for archaeology and heritage. Our primary charitable aim is to 'promote the advancement of public education in the subject of archaeology' and we work to achieve this through a variety of resources, projects and by providing opportunities for people to get involved in archaeology. Our passion for archaeology has been present from the very start, since our formation in October 1975. To find out more about the history of the Trust, and our work over the years, click on the adjacent link.

An atlas, a map, and an online portal to explore! 

In partnership with the Historic Towns Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University, C·A·T are building new ways to understand and investigate the story of Canterbury since its beginnings twenty centuries ago.

20 Centuries at Canterbury

Unlocking Our Past showcases Kent’s diverse heritage in two principal ways: by presenting a collection of outstanding and revelatory finds recovered by Canterbury Archaeological Trust archaeologists over decades of investigation; and by exploring the way that Kent has connected Britain to the wider world over the course of millennia.

The work has been possible thanks to a grant received by Canterbury Archaeological Trust from Historic England thorough its Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, a fund set up to support heritage organisations manage the impact of coronavirus.

The Trust has a strong track record of delivering innovative community engagement projects, often in partnership with other heritage organisations, universities and voluntary groups. 


Details of our community projects and partnerships can be found here.

East Wear Bay
Archaeology Course all about pottery

C·A·T offer a series of short courses in archaeology. These courses provide an introduction to a variety of archaeological skills and are held in our offices in Canterbury. 

Covid-19 disclaimer: unfortunately the courses have been postponed until further notice. 

FCAT volunteer sorting an environmental sample

A range of volunteering opportunities are usually available to help with our post-excavation and archives work, including with our extensive collections of finds. Current fieldwork opportunities can be found here.

If you would like to volunteer with the Trust please contact us. No previous experience is necessary as full instruction will be given. 

The Trust has an active Friends organisation, founded in 1984 with the principal aim of supporting our work. By becoming a Friend, you will enjoy a number of benefits including a yearly annual review of the Trust’s work, three newsletters a year, the opportunity to attend public talks, and occasional visits to excavations and other places of interest.

FCAT: Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust

We offer a limited number of work experience places throughout the year. As a small company we are unable to accept every application for work experience, but we do our best to accommodate requests. Work experience is typically held in our offices working on post-excavation tasks, unless the dates coincide with our community fieldwork projects in which case we will host the placement on site. 

Information on careers fairs and careers advice can be found here.

Work experience
Contents of a CAT BOX loan

We provide a range of learning opportunities in the form of an extensive range of teaching and learning resources, including our CAT Kit and CAT Box loans, and online resources to download

We can offer a range of in-person sessions and virtual sessions via Zoom. Further details and pricing can be found here.

The Ian Coulson Bursary is a grant available to teachers in Kent to support teaching. Teachers in Kent schools are invited to apply for the bursary to develop classroom resources based on Kent’s local history and/or archaeology. It is open to teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

One bursary, worth up to £1000, will be available each academic year for which any Kent school can apply. 

Ian Coulson Bursary