Have you ever wanted to try your hand at
archaeology? You can!
Woods Country Park, near Gravesend, has a wealth of history and
archaeology within its boundaries, including prehistoric flint
tools, a medieval manor called Randall Manor and a Second World War
Since 2006 the park has had a Community Archaeologist as part of
a Heritage Lottery funded project. The project aims to identify,
investigate and conserve the many different sites within the park.
Anyone with a passion for the past can get involved in various
Field walking, surveying, researching historic documents,
artefact identification and excavation are just some of the
activities on offer.
Over a weekend in July, the park celebrates the Festival of
British Archaeology by holding a free family event. Living history
groups set up camp with their cannons and crafts, there are lots of
'make and do' children's activities, and tours of the manor house
excavation take place.
You can read about the activities at the Park, and learn how to
join in on our Randall Manor page.
From time to time there are other Community Archaeology projects
you can join in with. From winter 2012 we will be organising
activities near Maidstone as part of the ‘Celebrating Boxley
Warren’ project. We will also be researching Swale’s 20th
century military and civil defence heritage thanks to a grant from
London Array. For more
information on these projects please contact our Community
Archaeologist by email at email@example.com.
A number of other organisations in Kent also provide
opportunities for community archaeology. The ‘A Town
Unearthed’ project is a 3 year community archaeology
project that is working with local people to research and record
the rich archaeological heritage and early history of Folkestone.
Archaeological Project provides opportunities for people
to join in the study of an important Anglo-Saxon monastery in
There are also a number of local history
and archaeology societies in Kent that organise activities
and always welcome new members. To support them in their work we
have produced some guidance that
they may find useful.