- Individual member: £25
- Affiliated Society: £25
- Family/Joint membership: £30
- Institutional Subscriber: £35
- Young adult (aged 18-25): £10
- Student (aged 18+): Free
The types of membership available to new members are:
Family/Joint Membership: Two adults who reside in the same household will receive between them one copy of the publications issued free to members.
Young adult: A non-student member who must be 18-25 years of age.
Affiliated societies: which carry on similar work to the Society in Kent. They receive one copy of the publications issued free to members and can send one voting member to general meetings. Their members are usually able to take part in the Society’s activities on the same terms as other members.
Institutional subscribers: which are interested in history or archaeology. They are not members of the Society but are entitled to receive a copy of Archaeologia Cantiana. There are a large number of these, mostly universities and learned societies, around the world.
Students: For the year 2021 the Society are offering free membership to registered students aged 18+ studying any subject at any institution worldwide. This will entitle them to full member benefits although they will receive electronic copies of Archaeologia Cantiana and the KAS Magazine only.
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- Receive the Society’s latest annual journal Archaeologia Cantiana which is a volume of approximately 300 pages containing papers on historical research and fieldwork relating to Kent and notes about discoveries.
- Receive the Society’s Magazine which is published at least twice a year. It contains news of forthcoming activities, illustrated reports of past activities, letters, reviews, interviews, articles and more.
- Use the Society’s Library in Maidstone Museum for research. It contains a large collection of books on archaeology and local history, archaeological journals and a complete set of Archaeologia Cantiana. Volunteer members of the Society are present at certain times to provide help and members can book a place. The Library catalogue is now on-line at www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/library
- Attend lectures, conferences, fieldwork activities, day schools etc. at members’ rates.
- Receive advice from the Society’s Hon. Curator.
- Receive the Society’s publications at members’ prices. A list can be obtained from the Hon. General Secretary.
- Institutional members can store reports and publications in our archives to be made available on our website.
The main activities of the Society are:
Fieldwork: Much excavation in the County is carried out by professional contractors, but the Society wishes to encourage local groups to remain active. It makes grants and organises lectures and training. In particular, it organises training excavations.
Historic buildings: The committee also organises an annual Building Recorders’ Conference. The Society’s Churches Committee promotes the study of churches.
Publications: The annual journal Archaeologia Cantiana is free to members. It contains approximately 300 pages of papers about most aspects of the County’s history and archaeology, with many illustrations and tables. Members also receive the KAS Magazine at least twice a year. Embargoed copies of the publications are avialable online but only members receive the most recent editions. Excavation reports and other subjects are also published on the Society's website from commercial units, local groups, academics, students and anyone who wishes to make their research available to the public. The Society website includes a geographical search tool where visitors to the website can search publications by map location.
Education: A committee promotes the study of archaeology in schools and the interest of young people in the subject. Currently most of this work is being done in conjunction with partners throughout the County, although more and more emphasis has been given recently to KAS originated projects.
Library: The Society has a room at Maidstone Museum housing its extensive library which members may use for their studies. For further interest, it has a collection of journals from other counties and a large collection of old photographs and pictures. It is only for the use of members, but arrangements can be made for non-members to have restricted access. Apart from enquires from members about the availability and location of material, no research or enquiry service is provided at present. There are many volunteering opportunities for our members i relation to our archive materials and further information can be requested from the General Secretary
Lectures, conferences & excursions: In normal times, a series of lectures is provided from Autumn to Spring (see Diary of Events). Other lectures and conferences are organised from time to time and members and affiliated societies are encouraged to submit them for inclusion on the diary of events. The KAS will support spedific events that fall within its area of focus and encourages enquiries about prospective events. There is a programme of visits organised by the Churches committee for example
Grants and awards:
Grants: Most of the Society’s funds are committed to its own projects. Apart from special grants, it has the following grant programmes:
Fieldwork grants: These are made in about December and the amounts are usually under £500. Applications have to be made on a form obtainable from the Hon. General Secretary and must be submitted by the end of October.
Allen Grove Local History Fund: This is a special fund established by the will of the late Allen Grove which is administered by the Society. It makes grants for projects which promote research, preservation and/or enjoyment of local history which may be made to individuals or groups. The grants are usually under £500 each. Applications must be received by the Hon. General Secretary by 31 March on a form that can be downloaded from the website.
Kent History Fund: makes grants to assist serious research leading to publication. Applications may be made by members of this society, local history societies affiliated to this society or to the Kent History Federation (KHF), and from individuals who are members of either. Professional historians or post graduate students are not eligible. Applications should be made to the secretary of the Publications Committee on a form he will provide.
Hasted Prize: The Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) awards the biennial Hasted Prize for the best master’s or doctoral thesis from any institution of higher education on some aspect of the history or archaeology of the County of Kent (including those parts of the Ancient County now included within London).
The Thirsk Prize:The £250 Thirsk Prize is the Kent Archaeological Society’s bi-annual prize named in honour of the late Dr Joan Thirsk, a distinguished historian and a long-standing member of the Society. It will be awarded for a dissertation or a long essay, submitted as part of a successful Master’s degree. The prize will be awarded to a dissertation judged to be a major contribution to the history or archaeology of Kent (including districts which were originally part of the county and are now within the Medway unitary authority and the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham).
The Brian Reginald Fagg Legacy: A generous bequest to the KAS from the late Brian Reginald Fagg of Ramsgate enabled the Society to fund degree programmes at both Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent on research relating to the County. Such generous legacies and donations have been essential to fund the Society's objectives.
Activities for members: Members have opportunities to meet for study and socially. There is a series of lectures in the winter/spring, occasional day or half day conferences, excursions and social events. See the Diary of Events.
The Kent Archaeological Society:The Kent Archaeological Society was founded in 1857 and is now a registered charity with the following objects:
To promote the study and publication of archaeology and history in all their branches, especially within the ancient county of Kent.
Much of the County has been lost to London since 1857 so the “ancient county” is treated as including the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham, as well as Medway and the administrative county.
The Society’s interests are not confined to fieldwork. Its objects cover archaeology and local history in the widest sense. They include historic buildings, genealogy, industrial archaeology and local history though it is not always active in all these fields.
The Society has over 700 members, many outside the County or overseas, and welcomes new members who support its objects.