Change in Scheduled Talks

Members should note that there is a change to the Programme. On 30th November, we now have a Talk by Simon Gerrard entitled “A Saxon Chapel in Ellington?”. Simon has done a lot of research into this, and it should prove to be an interesting talk on a subject of local interest. It is our last talk before the Christmas break, so please come along. As usual, the Talk is free to members. Admission charge for non members is £2.

This coming Monday evening, 23rd November, pottery expert Nigel MacPherson Grant will be coming to to Crampton to continue going through the finds from the Tivoli Roman site. All members are welcome to come along.

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New Link Added – England’s Places

One of the most well-known collections in the Historic England Archive, the Architectural Red Box Collection, has now been scanned and made available online. The collection consists of over 600,000 photographic prints taken of cities, towns and villages around England, attached to cards housed in red boxes. You can now browse this fantastic collection on the England’s Places website!

If you don’t have time to have a look now fear not, we’ve added the link to our ‘Useful links’ page.

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Ramsgate Tunnel Tour – 5th October

This coming Monday, 5th October we have our tour of the Ramsgate Tunnels. This is a private tour of the Tunnels, which are not normally open on a Monday, for society members. The cost is £7.50 p.p. payable on the night. Please email us for more information.

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Antoinette Powell Cotton

On Monday, 28th September, we had an interesting Talk at Crampton by Hazel Basford, archivist at the Powell Cotton Museum, Quex, Birchington. Her subject was Antoinette Powell Cotton who, inspired by the findings of a 14 year old schoolboy of a Bronze Age hoard at Minnis Bay, continued the archaeological work in that area. She was by all accounts a remarkable woman.

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Interested in taking part in some practical archaeology?

There is a project just about to start in Thanet to find the site of a Camp from the first Roman invasion of Britain. The aims of the project, what it involves, and how IOTAS members can be involved will be outlined by Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeology Liaison Officer for Kent, at a meeting for members at Crampton next Monday evening from 6.30 p.m. IOTAS understands that the project will involved aspects of hands on archaeology such as geophysing, surveying and fieldworking. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, even if just for a day or two or just to find out what will be happening, come along next Monday, 7th September. This is a great opportunity for IOTAS members to get involved in some practical archaeology.

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Celebrating Prehistoric Kent conference is now Free!


The conference Celebrating Prehistoric Kent organised by Wessex Archaeology on 12th September 2015 will now be free!

Wessex Archaeology have decided to sponsor the whole event. That means you can attend the whole day conference FOR FREE.
If you have thought you might be interested but weren’t sure, this is the ideal opportunity.

– See more here.

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Can You Help Us?

IOTAS has been investigating Holmes Park, on the Chessboard Estate in Broadstairs. This park was named after George Augustus Holmes, who gave the land to Broadstairs and St. Peter’s UDC in 1944 in his will. We are interested in finding out as much as possible about this generous man, and are appealing for any information any local residents may have about him. Please email us at if you do have any information. Many thanks!!

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Salmestone Grange

On Monday, 27th July, IOTAS Members were treated to a private guided tour of Salmestone Grange, hosted by owner and society member, Angela Whelan.  We learnt about the history of this wonderful building from 670 A.D. until the present day, and were able to see the entrance hall with its Inglenook fireplace and bread oven, the undercroft, monks dormitory, cloisters  and the beautiful chapel.  It was fascinating to see the changes to this building over its history and to appreciate the hard work in restoring it which has been undertaken by its present owners.


In June, members visited the village of Fordwich and enjoyed a guided tour of the Medieval Town Hall, one of the oldest in the country, and visited the ancient church, now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Earlier in the year, members were treated to Talks on subjects ranging from the History of Broadstairs, Aspects of the First World War, to a Talk by Andrew Mayfield on the Excavations at Shorne.
Our Programme for the year continues with talks and visits and social events such as a Wine & Wisdom Evening.  For more information, please see the Whats On page.
If you join IOTAS you can take part in activities such as finds processing and geophysing, as well as enjoying all the talks and visits to places of interest.  To join, visit the Membership Page and follow the link to download the membership form or e mail the Society at
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Fordwich Trip: 29th June

Tomorrow evening, 29th June, we have our trip to Fordwich with a guided tour of the medieval Town Hall, also the Church will be opened for us to visit after the tour. We will meet outside the Town Hall at 7.15 p.m. for the Tour to start at 7.30 p.m. The guided tour costs £2 for members, payable at the Town Hall.

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Calling all volunteers who worked on the St Peters Anglo-Saxon cemetery

An excavation of the St Peter’s Anglo-Saxon cemetery was carried out from 1969 – 1971 under the direction of Cecil Hogarth, assisted by pupils from Chatham House and Clarendon House grammar schools.

We would like to invite volunteers who took part in this excavation to share their experiences or to come and learn about recent research.

Do you know anyone who took part in the excavation in the 1960’s?

Please get in touch with either the society or The Trust for Thanet Archaeology.

A report on this important excavation is to be published by two archaeologists from Cambridge University and will be featured in a seminar and a convention planned for the autumn this year.

We would also like to invite anyone interested to come along to the special talk planned for October this year so watch this space for further news.

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