Kent Places and People – Conference Sat 12 Nov 2016 – Canterbury

What’s in a name? All will be revealed at Canterbury conference Kent place names, field names and surnames will be discussed at a conference at Canterbury Christ Church University on Saturday 12 November (2016).   Some of today’s Canterbury place names remind us of orchards, fields and meadows that disappeared many years ago. Solly’s Orchard […]

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Conference will review ‘What the Romans built for us’ in Kent Sat 26 Nov 2016 Canterbury

The importance of Roman villas in the landscape and history of Kent will be the theme of a one-day conference, sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society in association with the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent, to be held at Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury, on Saturday 26 November 2016. […]

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KENT HISTORY GRANTS TOP £38,000

Nine new Kent local history projects are now in progress, supported by the latest grants from the Kent Archaeological Society. Every year the society awards more than £3,000, divided among individuals, groups, organizations and students, to help cover the cost of research, publications, exhibitions and other projects focused on the county’s history and heritage. The […]

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Study Day at Kent’s only ‘King Charles’ church – Sat 15 October 2016

The church of King Charles the Martyr in Royal Tunbridge Wells will be the venue for a Study Day on the history of the church and its parish on Saturday 15 October, 2016. Organized by the Kent Archaeological Society, the event will open with illustrated lectures by Dr Philip Whitbourn on the town’s late 17th […]

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‘Lost’ family histories on graves’ ‘ledger stones’

Hundreds of memorial inscriptions (‘MIs’) on graves marked by ‘heraldic ledger stones’ in Kent parish churches, Canterbury Cathedral and Rochester Cathedral can now be accessed on-line following the completion of a transcription and digital imaging project by Kent Archaeological Society volunteers. Stones of this type were favoured by middle-class families who wanted to bury their […]

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A guided walking tour of Shorncliffe, Folkestone, on Saturday 7 May 2016

A guided walking tour of Shorncliffe, Folkestone, on Saturday 7 May will give visitors an opportunity to discover where for more than 200 years the area prepared to defend the Kent coast against invasion and trained infantry soldiers for the battlefield. Organized by the Kent Archaeological Society’s Historic Defences Group, the tour will be led […]

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How Chatham’s shipwrights prepared for dangers on the high seas

Insights into the lives of Chatham Royal Dockyard’s most highly-paid artisans in the 17th and 18th centuries ­ its shipwrights ­ can be gleaned from transcriptions of their Wills, nearly one hundred of which can now be downloaded free of charge from the Kent Archaeological Society’s website. The shipwrights earned up to two shillings per […]

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2015 Hasted Prize Awarded to Dr Elizabeth Blanning

New light has been shed on a little-known aspect of the 400-year Roman occupation of Kent by Dr Elizabeth Blanning of West Malling, whose research has won her a coveted £3,000 prize awarded by the Kent Archaeological Society (KAS). Elizabeth (58), pictured above, decided to make everyday life in the countryside during this era the […]

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New £250 prize for history students – Thirsk Prize

The Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) announces a new biennial prize named in honour of the late Dr Joan Thirsk, who was a distinguished historian and a long-standing member of the Society. The £250 Thirsk Prize will be awarded for a dissertation or a long essay, submitted as part of a successful Master’s degree, which is […]

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Step out into the Middle Ages in Canterbury – Fri 1st to Sun 3rd April 2016

A weekend of events celebrating the Middle Ages will be held in Canterbury on Fr 1st – Sun 3 April 2016. Twenty eminent scholars and historians will host a series of lectures on the most eventful era in Britain history, and lead guided walks to explore places associated with the city’s colourful medieval past. Said […]

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