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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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Outing on Monday 29th June

Members and non-members are invited to join us for a trip to Fordwich, with a guided tour around it’s Medieval town hall. Fordwich is located just outside Canterbury. Although the town is many miles inland, it was the main port for Canterbury, which traded directly with London and Channel ports and indirectly with the near Continent, before the Wantsum Channel silted up. Check out our What’s On page for more information about this trip.

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Last Monday’s (18th May) Talk

Excellent talk about Broadstairs with some brilliant old photographs which really brought the past to life! Our next event is on Monday 29th June, a visit to Fordwich, with a guided tour of the Medieval Town Hall. We will have more information on this shortly…

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Monday 18th – The History of Broadstairs

Our next talk this Monday the 18th May is The History of Broadstairs by Barrie Wootton.

It will take place at our Crampton Tower HQ, doors open at 7.15 for a 7.45 pm start.

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Talk, Monday 27th April – The First World War by Pat Dunn.

27th April 2015

The talk will take place at Crampton Tower Yard, Broadstairs.

Doors open at 7.15 for a 7.45 start.

Free to members, £2 for non-members.

See you there! For information on other talks we have throughout the year check out our What’s On page.

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Stirling Castle

A new article about the Society’s ownership of the Stirling Castle shipwreck is now available.

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Last Night’s Talk

Randall Manor Lecture2


Fascinating history by Andrew Mayfield of the Randall Manor digs, which lasted for 10 years! And exciting plans for the future in Cobham and the grounds of Cobham Hall, and the Julius Caesar Project.  Watch this space!

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Shorne Woods Talk – 30th March

We have a talk tonight by Andrew Mayfield, (Kent’s Community Archaeology Liaison Officer), about the community excavations at Shorne Woods.

Check out our new Twitter page too! Follow us now and never miss a talk again!

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