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Provisional date for our 2018 One Day Conference in Canterbury:
Saturday 12 May 2018

Kent History Federation
Meetings for Affiliated Societies

Next meeting:

Friday 1 September 2017,
2 to 4pm
County Hall, Maidstone

More details including next agenda and
the last meeting's minutes and reports may be found here when available

Local history research for beginners

Saturday 10 June 2017

Tutor: Nicola Waddington

Canterbury Christ Church University Local History Saturday day schools

More information

Tithe through the Ages: the Historian’s View

Saturday 17 June 2017

Old Sessions House, Og46

from 10.00 to 16.30

more information

The 'British' churches 1603-1707: from dynastic union to Anglo-Scottish union

22 June 2017

the University of Kent’s School of History and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be hosting an international conference ‘The ‘British’ churches 1603-1707: from dynastic union to Anglo-Scottish union‘.
The two-day conference, timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the launching of the Five Articles of Perth by James VI & I in Scotland in 1617, is held in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University and its Centre for Kent History and Heritage.
All conference sessions will take place in Keynes College on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus and aim to bring together scholars with an interest in religion across the British Isles during the 17th century.
The Conference will also include the official launch party for Dr Leonie James’s new book – ‘This Great Firebrand’: William Laud and Scotland 1617-45 (Boydell Press, 2017).

Bleak House? Rich and Poor in Victorian England

Saturday 24 June

Tutor: Gill Draper

Canterbury campus £36

Canterbury Christ Church University Local History Saturday day schools

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Conference: Anglo-Dutch rivalry in its global context

The University of Kent at Medway and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

30 June – 2 July 2017

An international conference at Chatham Dockyard commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack of June 1667. The attack brought a speedy conclusion to the Second Anglo-Dutch War which marked the height of the naval struggle between England and the Netherlands from 1652-1674. Commercial and imperial rivalries lay at the heart of this struggle in the North Sea, the Atlantic and Asia, but the interplay of political, ideological and institutional differences was equally important. At a time when Britain’s relationship with Europe is undergoing seismic and perhaps unpredictable change, the resolution of conflict and the resumption of new forms of cultural and economic co-operation between two historic allies surely deserve our renewed attention.
The conference will take place in the historic Royal Dockyard Church, recently transformed into a lecture theatre through partnership between the University of Kent and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the two bodies hosting the conference. Accommodation will be available in nearby university halls of residence at Liberty Quays.

The Last Place God Made:
Lives and landscape in the north Kent marshland

Saturday 1 July 2017

Tutor: Gillian Draper

Medway campus £36  

Canterbury Christ Church University Local History Saturday day schools

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Roman cemetery to Norman castle: recent excavations at Rhodaus Town, Canterbury

talk by Dr Richard Helm (CAT)

Thursday 6 July, at 7pm

Newton, Ng07
Canterbury Christ Church University

Richard will talk about the exciting discoveries made during the very recent excavation of the Peugeot Garage site, Rhodaus Town which has revealed an extensive Roman cemetery as well as hugely significant evidence for William the Conqueror’s motte and bailey castle built very soon after the Battle of Hastings to accommodate William and his army as they advanced on London. This is one of a number of recent and ongoing excavations transforming our understanding of extramural activity south of the city. Organised jointly with FCAT.

Hop growing in Britain – past, present and future

Given by Tony Redsell OBE, retired Chairman of the British Hop Association

Wednesday 27 September,

Old Sessions House, Og46 at 7pm
Sixth Nightingale Memorial Lecture

Drinks reception from 6.30pm
Canterbury Christ Church University
Organised jointly with the Agricultural Museum, Brook
Register interest but booking not necessary.


Garden History Study Day: from Monastic to Tradescant Gardens

Saturday 7 October, at 10.15

Canterbury Christ Church University, Old Sessions House,

one-day conference

Using a combination of lectures, workshops and guided tours on the medieval monastic sites of St Augustine’s Abbey and Christ Church Priory, and the later gardens of John Tradescant for Lady Wootton, participants will explore garden history with experts such as Jayne Wackett, Mat Baldwin, Karen Brayshaw and Jennifer Potter.

Kent Heritage Services

New exhibition celebrating the history of the Kent seaside in stories and archive film.

Bawleys, Barbels and Owlers: Life along the Kent Coast

produced in collaboration with Screen Archive South East,

At the Kent History and Library Centre
from 5 August to 28 October.

We plan a complementary series of talks to run alongside this. Speakers booked so far include Paul Bennett (Canterbury Archaeological Trust) on the Dover Bronze Age Boat, Gill Draper (British Association for Local History) on ‘Pirates of the South-East -Real Lives c.1300-1600’ and Paul Cullen (Survey of Kent Place-Names and Exon Domesday Project) on the place names of coastal areas. Full details will be published on the Kent History and Library Centre talks and exhibitions page in due course.