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Folkestone People's History Centre holds Annual General Meeting

09 April 2008

The Folkestone People's History Centre will hold its annual general meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday 24th April at the University Centre Folkestone, Mill Bay, Folkestone.

Members of the public are invited to join archaeologists, historians and academics, to get an update on Folkestone History Centre’s extensive range of projects that have provided a unique insight into Folkestone’s rich history (see notes to editors section for further information). Local people will also get the opportunity to find out more about the Centre’s plans and vision for the year ahead. In addition, there will be an update on ‘Folkestone: A Town Unearthed’, which is currently in the process of submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Centre’s future projects include: a workshop on Roman tiles; the rediscovery of paintings from the 1860s by local artist, John Porter; work on Folkestone’s Iron Age Quern Stone Factory; and work with ‘Go! Folkestone’ on a heritage trail for the town. 
Head of Folkestone People’s History Centre and Senior Lecturer of History at Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Lesley Hardy, explained: “I am delighted that so many projects, workshops and activities have taken place over the past year to enhance our understanding of Folkestone.  The Centre has helped to develop the town’s identity, contributed to the continuing regeneration of the area and made higher education more accessible to local people.  This annual general meeting will give the local community the chance to learn more about the Centre’s vital contribution and how they can get involved in future projects.”

If you would like to attend this event, no reservation is required.  For further information contact the Folkestone People’s History Centre on 01303 850614.

Notes to Editor

If you are a member of the media and would like an interview with Dr Lesley Hardy, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s External Relations Assistant, David Cutts, on 01227 782826.

Folkestone People’s History Centre: A project update and plans for the future

1. November 2007 saw the Folkestone People’s History Centre kick off the Folkestone Literary Festival with a History Weekend for the second year running.  The Centre collaborated with the Festival organisers to invite an impressive line-up of eminent historians, academics, political commentators and journalists to speak during the weekend.  The line up included: the Today Programme’s John Humphrys; leading Tudor historians, David Starkey and David Loades; and prize winning international historian, Peter Clarke.

2. At the History Weekend, archaeologist, Andy Linklater, presented Canterbury Archaeological Trusts’ recent findings during its excavations of the Bayle in Folkestone.  The Trust discovered evidence of settlement on the site going back to the Neolithic period.  The excavations also found a beautiful jewellery mould that gave the community a glimpse into the role and importance of the early Saxon Minister of St Eanswythe. 

3. A Hands-on Archaeology Workshop for Families, held last November at the Folkestone People’s History Centre, was a great success and will be repeated later this year.  The aim of this event was to offer opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about the stories that lie behind archaeological finds.

4. The Folkestone People’s History Centre was also happy to welcome back Helen Glass, whose talk ‘Lost Tracks’ on 6th March, on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, gave members of the public a fascinating insight into the important archaeological discoveries near Saltwood.

5. The Folkestone People’s History Centre’s ‘Love Letters’ project, saw the collation of letters and details of the lives of a few of the many young men and women in Folkestone in World War One.  The Centre received many touching letters and the project will culminate in an exhibition in November 2008, which will give a personal and individual insight, as indicated by its title: ‘A Life in War.’

Folkestone People’s History Centre

The Folkestone People’s History Centre was launched by Canterbury Christ Church University in November 2005, in collaboration with The Creative Foundation, Kent County Council Arts and Libraries, local historians and archaeological services.  It offers a unique historical resource for the local community; houses a multi-media archive and provides a base for strong academic research.

The Centre is open weekdays to the public and offers a range of activities to the public including talks, classes, displays, archaeological ‘find days’ and educational projects.

The Centre is run by a management group, made up of representatives from the partner organisations and a ‘liaison group’, which offers support and acts as a direct link to Canterbury Christ Church University.


David Cutts, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826,

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