Society Aims

To undertake practical research into the archaeology of Thanet, support local professional archaeologists in excavations and post-excavation activities, generally foster and promote interest in local history by means of public lectures, public displays and school activities.

We welcome all applications for membership to Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society. Members who cannot get involved in our local activities are able to keep in touch with what’s going on in local archaeology through our regular email bulletin and newsletter ‘Earthworm’, which is published three times a year. Our membership benefits include;

    • preferential entrance fees to all talks,
    • copies of the monthly newsletter “Bulletin” with all the latest news of both Society and local events, and other interesting and useful information,
    • the chance to take part in hands-on archaeology,
    • the use of our extensive library,
    • social events.

We welcome any contributions and letters via the IOTAS mailbox,

 Annual membership

Single: £20
Under 18: £10
Household (2+ people at the same address): £30
Life: £150

To join the society please complete our Membership Form or contact us on .  Please post form with your cheque to the membership secretary at our Crampton Tower address.

Please contact us for details if you wish to pay by Bank Transfer.  We regret we cannot accept Card Payments.

Our membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year. If you are thinking of joining towards the end of a membership year please enquire about available concessions.

4 Responses to Membership

  1. mark kinch says:

    Thankyou for your reply, i have only just received it, i will keep an eye out for your talks, could you let me know when your taking on new members please. This is an area he has a lot of interest in, and is hoping to do some courses in this area, so any advice would be welcome.

    • administrator says:

      Dear Mark
      I’ve just picked up your message on our website. This is to let you know that IOTAS is now getting back to the new normal following the lockdown earlier this year. We have organised a number of visits, tours and outings for our members during this summer and also have a programme of talks and activities etc. organised up till Christmas. All this is dependent on government Covid restrictions, of course. If you would like membership details it is best to contact us at our email address: rather than through the website as our emails are continuously monitored and you will get a quicker reply. I will send you a membership form from our webmail for you to complete and return to us. Also have a look at our Facebook page, as we have a talk on Monday 18 Oct on Antoinette Powell-Cotton’s excavations at Minnis Bay.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Margaret Symonds
      IOTAS Chair

  2. mark kinch says:

    Hi my son has severe autism and is interested in history,mainly militaria from all decades and country’s,he is interested in studying history and archaeology, but i think being with a group will give a better insite as to what is involved, he is 20 years old very shy, does not do large crowds or loud noise. I wondered if we could come along(when permitted) to a meeting or watch a dig to see if he would like it. If he does we would both join on a life membership. Thankyou for your time, best regards Mark.

    • administrator says:

      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m sorry, but at the moment we are not having any public meetings nor is it possible to watch a dig due to Covid restrictions. We are hoping to resume public talks in October. Please keep a lookout on our website for further information nearer the time, or email us on for membership details and information on our events. We also have a Facebook page where we post regularly on items of interest in history and archaeology.

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