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Founded in 1857, the Kent Archaeological Society has following objectives:

To promote the study and publication of archaeology and history in all their branches, especially within the ancient County of Kent.

The Society’s interests are not confined to fieldwork. Its objectives cover archaeology and local history in the widest sense. They include historic buildings, genealogy, industrial archaeology and local history.


Update - Maidstone Museum

Maidstone Museum has made the following announcement:

Following the latest advice from the Government, Maidstone Borough Council has taken the difficult decision to close Maidstone Museum with immediate effect.

All Museum events and activities are also cancelled until further notice.

We are sorry to disappoint our residents and visitors, but will be in touch with ticketholders as soon as possible.

If you have any enquiries about the Museum, the collections, or need to speak to a member of staff, please contact

The KAS collections and facilities at the Museum will therefore also be unvailable until further notice in-line with other KAS activities, meetings and groups.


Dear members and friends


The Kent Archaeological Society is continuing to follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. It is of vital importance for us to ensure that any and all procedures are in place to support the health and well-being of our volunteers and membership. 


Following government guidance, to help combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we will be making a number of changes to the way that Society business is conducted in the foreseeable future. 


With immediate effect all meetings, events, conferences and forums are cancelled.  This means that the forthcoming Annual General Meeting in May is cancelled as well as all meetings of Council and the Committees.  The Library and our facilities in Marsham Street are now shut and there will be no 2020 season on the Lees Court Estate. Archaeologia Cantiana and Newsletters will be produced as and when practicable.


We would encourage all members and affiliated groups to be mindful of up-to-date official guidance to minimise the spread of the virus particularly at meetings and events that they organise themselves.


Please also check the KAS website for continuous updates on local and Society events as and when further information is received or guidance issued.


Meanwhile please continue to follow official guidance on keeping yourselves and others safe.


Best wishes


KAS Council




Don't forget to regularly check our Upcoming Events section and fill your diary with these interesting and diverse offerings throughout the county, events are constantly being updated and if you have an event you would like to have added, contact the web team.

Allen Grove Fund Deadline


March 31 2020 is the latest date by which applications for grants from the Kent Archaeological Society’s Allen Grove Local History Fund can be accepted.


Allen Grove


The grants are awarded annually to encourage interest in Kent’s local history. Sums of up to £500 (or more for ‘exceptional projects’) are available to help cover the cost of research, publications, exhibitions and other projects.


Allen Grove (pictured right) was one of the county’s most eminent historians of his generation. He was Curator of Maidstone Museum from 1948 to 1975, Hon. Curator of the KAS for 26 years (and its President in 1987/88) and Chairman of the Kent History Federation for eight years.


When he died in 1990 he left £26,000 from the proceeds of the sale of his house to the KAS, with instructions that the society should invest the legacy and distribute the interest in ways that would promote the enjoyment of Kent's local history.

The first grants were made in 1994. Since then more than £30,000has been awarded, mainly to support the publication of books and booklets but also for oral history projects, establishing archives and research centres, and presenting displays in heritage centres and museums.

Regional Furniture Society - Research in Progress Event

This year’s Research in Progress event continues the RFS successful series of themed events with furniture and history of art speakers reporting on their latest research and discoveries.

Following the themed 2018 and 2019 Research in Progress events, on Sixteenth Century Furniture and The Regional Chair, the 2020 event will also be themed. The papers will report on the latest research and will draw on both furniture history and history of art approaches.


The speakers will be:


Kent Archaeology Society
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Dear members and friends


Kent Archaeology Society
KAS Elections 2020

The KAS Election process is open until the 15th March 2020

Kent Archaeology Society
Fieldwork Bulletin Issue 1

Kent Archaeology Society
KAS Education Committee Activity 2019

Kent Archaeology Society
KAS Newsletter

The next issue of the KAS Newsletter will be published in December 2019. The copy deadline for articles is 1 November 2019. Please continue to forward articles or notices to


All the best

Richard (Editor)