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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 December 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

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 and below

more information


Cancelled due to lack of bookings

All that rag-tag and bobtail down from town’: Seaside reading for Londoners, from Dickens to Barbara Cartland
Wednesday 11 October - 6.30pm

Carolyn Oulton (Canterbury Christ Church University)


Exploring Maritime Kent on Film
Wednesday 18 October - 6.30pm

Frank Gray (Screen Archive South East)

Frank Gray looks at some of Screen Archive South East’s fascinating range of amateur and professional films related to maritime Kent throughout the 20th century.

Canterbury Christ Church University
Centre for Kent History and Heritage

Canterbury’s timber-framed buildings
Thursday 16 November, CCCU, Newton Ng07 at 7pm

talk by Clive Bowley. Clive Bowley spent many years as Principal Conservation Architect at Canterbury City Council and has an intimate knowledge of Canterbury’s timber-framed buildings. Organised jointly with FCA


Friday 6 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

Old Sessions House [main venue]

Medieval Canterbury Weekend

A varied selection of lectures on topics from ‘Bad King John’ to the types of operations conducted by medieval surgeons, with much in-between such as who was reading Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Henry IV’s London. Moreover there will be guided tours on offer, such as Paul Bennett’s how to read a medieval church at spectacular St Mildred’s parish church and seeing ancient documents in Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
Details about the Weekend and booking information will be available from 2 October 2017.

further details

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