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.
Historic England have over 400,000 digitised photos taken from their aerial photo collections now available to search online.
Click on this link to access their website - https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/archive/collections/aerial-photos/
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.
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...
The National Library of Scotland (a fabulous source for on-line mapping)
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.
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.
Shornemead Fort - Report of Watching Brief part two from 2008.
Shornemead Fort - Report of Watching Brief part one from 2008.
The 2021 KAS Fieldwork Conference is scheduled for Saturday November 20th.
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 email@example.com
Defending Kent During The Great War
Professor Robin Fleming of Boston College interviewed by KAS President Kerry Brown.
Click here to watch the video.
This interview is in place of the recording of a talk in September that Professor Fleming gave as one of the KAS series of live events (see link below for details of the initial talk).
An article by Victor Smith on the Gravesend Civil Defence Control Centre built in 1954. This is open usually once a month for visitors. The volunteers from Thames Defence Heritage act as guides. For information on dates of tours please see the Facebook page Gravesend Cold War Bunker.