Archaeology at the Park!

Coming next weekend….

Visit Shorne Woods Country Park (DA12 3HX) between the 29th July and 1st of August to learn more about some of the fascinating archaeology that is being uncovered at the Park today, as well as visit some of the sites we have investigated in the past. On Thursday and Friday you can visit our excavations focusing on the remains of the twentieth century clayworks and on Saturday and Sunday you can take a mixture of self guided and guided tours around the Park, as well as taking in displays at the Visitor Centre. All for free! (Park parking charges apply).

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Recent work at Shorne Woods

The volunteer team have been hard at work investigating the surviving structures associated with the clayworks at Shorne Woods.

The works were open between the 1930s and the early 1960s, providing both a liquid clay slurry and freshly dug clay to local cement works at Northfleet and in the Medway Valley.

So far we have uncovered the remains of the engine shed for the site’s diesel locos, elements of the narrow gauge railway and parts of the pipework supplying water and taking away the slurry from the works. The photo above shows three of the team sitting at the end of one of the railway cuttings. Our local Young Archaeologists Club has also helped to explore these features.

We are still keen to collect both memories and photos from people who remember the site.

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Bletchley Park: British Intelligence and the Second World War

Secret Buckinghamshire Virtual talk series: No. 1
Bletchley Park: British Intelligence and the Second World War
Date: Wednesday 7 April 2021             Time: 1900hrs           Free Online Event
with speaker Professor John Ferris (Professor of History at the University of Calgary)

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Lewes Priory free, online talks

The Lewes Priory Trust are putting on a series of on-line symposia in May to raise the profile of Lewes Priory. There will be four separate events comprising a colourful series of sixteen illustrated talks on Zoom.

The Trust is presenting a line-up of expert speakers in four, free evening symposia on-line for anyone with a love of Lewes history, telling the story of how the monastery became one of the top ten in England 900 years ago. 

Please email to receive an invitation to register for the talks. A notice will be sent at the beginning of April when registration via Zoom opens. 

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Transition from Late Iron Age to Early Roman in SE England

Following the great success of the 2018 conference on the transition from Roman to Saxon in the South-East, the Roman Studies Group of the Surrey Archaeological Society is arranging another event, this time focusing on the end of the Iron Age and the start of Roman Britain in our area.

In recent years the Group has carried out or assisted on fieldwork at sites such as Abinger, Ashtead, Chiddingfold, Ewell and Flexford, all of which have added important information to our understanding of the period in the years before and after the time when our part of England became formally a part of the Roman Empire. The aim of the conference is to set these discoveries in their wider setting in the South-East.

For details and how to book click here to go to the Surrey Archaeological Society website.

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