The Maritime Kent Special Interest Group has been set up as a focal point to support and to disseminate research and information relating to Kent’s rich maritime heritage.
As well as archaeological exploration and research we aim to cover all areas of interest relating to maritime history including trade, industry, migration and defence and also the economic and social history of Kent’s coastal towns and communities.
Maritime Kent Through the Ages was published by Boydell in November 2021 with considerable support from KAS and there have also been two conferences on Kent’s maritime history which were linked to the book. In the afterword Dr Margarette Lincoln states `just as Kent’s coastline is constantly changing the history of Kent proves to be varied, fluid and of enormous interest. This volume is a milestone and points the way to future studies’.
We want to support these future studies and so bring more of the county’s fascinating maritime history to the attention of a wider audience. We’d be interested to hear from anyone with ideas and suggestions about what the group can do to support and promote this history and to raise awareness for people in Kent and beyond.
An exhibition featuring the history of Channel crossings is currently showing at Dover's Maison Dieu Museum.
29th July 2023 - March 2024
One of the busiest shipping lanes in the world supporting 20% of global maritime trade, the English Channel (known as 'La Manche' in France) has a rich history of human endeavour.
An exhibition featuring Kent’s maritime archaeology is currently showing at Dover's Maison Dieu Museum.
1st October - 31st December 2023
Maritime Kent update: Replica cog boat The Nicholas
Dave Batchelor and Paul Damon of the Sandwich Medieval Trust give an update on a fascinating project to build a replica of a medieval ship.
Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2023
The website is at maisondieudover.org.uk→
Below are a selection of featured images, courtesy of Royal Museums Greenwich and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.
Maritime Kent Conference 2024: Kent and shipbuilding
A full day conference organised by the KAS Maritime Kent Special Interest exploring the topic of Kent and shipbuilding will take place at Chatham Historic Dockyard in the autumn of 2024.