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Kent Defence Research Group Visit To The National Trust's Wanstone & Fan Bay Sites At Dover

The visit will include a guided tour of the Fan Bay deep shelter tunnels and sound mirrors and guided tours of the Wanstone coastal gun battery where recent excavations have revealed one of the huge gun emplacements for the first time in over 65 years, and the Swingate (D2) heavy anti-aircraft gun battery site. We are pleased to open up this visit to the KAS membership. There is no charge for this visit although donations on the day to the National Trust would be very welcome.

The Romano-British villa and Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Eccles

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 28 January 2022

On Thursday the 7th April there will be a mini conference to host the launch of a monograph summarising the excavations at Eccles (1962-76) and assessing the significance of the central and lower Medway valley during the 1st millennium AD.

 

Steve Cosh (the Roman villa) and Nick Stoodley (the Anglo-Saxon cemetery) present an overview and discussion of the more significant results to emerge from this work.

 

Smallhythe excavations: lecture TOMORROW

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 20 January 2022

Nathalie Cohen, National Trust Archaeologist, will talk about the exciting recent excavations at Smallhythe in Kent:

 

"Perhaps best known today as the former home of Victorian actress Ellen Terry and her daughter Edy Craig, during the medieval period, Smallhythe was a location for royal shipbuilding and, as we found in summer 2021, it was also a hive of activity some 2,000 years ago."

 

For more details on how to attend click here...

Ordnance Survey Town Maps

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 14 January 2022

The National Library of Scotland (a fabulous source for on-line mapping)

Library closure Christmas / New Year 2021-2022

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 14 December 2021

Please note that the Library will close from the 19th December 2021 until the 9th February 2022. Unfortunatley the Museum is closed during this period so we will be unable to access the Library.

 

If you have any enquiries please still send them along as some of our volunteers have good reference collections at home and may be able to help. We may also be able to access some material at our storeroom. 

 

Merry Christmas. Stay safe.

 

The KAS Library and Archives team.

 

Snargate Cobbler 1748

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 6 December 2021

Here is a transcripton from one of the items in our collection. This document is the account of a cobbler, John Hall, who lived in Snargate in 1748. The account was rendered to the Overseer of the Poor Law. The document can be found in the Gordon Ward archive ref: Snargate 014.

 

Winter 2021 KAS Magazine

Submitted by Fred Birkbeck on 16 November 2021

There has been an extension to the deadline for articles or other content for the KAS Magazine. The Winter 2021 edition will become the Spring 2022 edition to enable the Editor Richard Taylor to fit in some important news about events scheduled for late 2021.

 

If you would like to submit content for the Magazine, contact Richard at richard.taylor@kentarchaeology.org.uk