Maritime Kent through the Ages

Old Sessions House CT1 1PL
Arts and Humanities
Friday 22 (19:00) - Saturday 23 June 2018 (17:00)
If you have any questions or require further information please contact the event organisers.
  • Friday 7pm - Free Open Lecture by Richard Holdsworth MBE
  • Saturday 10am start - Educational Event/Research Presentations


Tickets for Saturday are:

  • £18 Adult
  • KAS £16
  • CCCU Student £10

Surrounded on three sides by the sea, Kent has always been heavily influenced by the marine environment, whether this involved great storms, crumbling cliffs or the deposition of vast quantities of shingle or sand. Over the centuries, the county’s coastal communities, too, responded to the opportunities and limitations of living next to the sea and the proximity of mainland Europe, the great port of London and the neighbouring Essex coastline.

Beginning with a free, open lecture on Friday evening at 7pm on Friday 22 June (wine reception from 6.30 pm) which will be given by Richard Holdsworth MBE (Chatham Historic Dockyard), this conference looks at some of these issues to offer a flavour of the richness of Kent’s maritime history.

On Saturday 23 June the first session, starting at 10am, features Dr Chris Young (CCCU) who will outline the many changes to the coastline that have occurred over time. This geographical overview sets the scene for the three remaining sessions: ‘Coastal Communities’; ‘Trade and Industry’, and ‘Defending the Coast’. Each of these sessions comprises two speakers, drawing on the research expertise of the three Kent universities of Greenwich, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as the internationally renowned maritime scholar Professor Maryanne Kowaleski (Fordham University, New York) and Jon Iveson, the curator at Dover Museum and a well-known expert on that town’s coastal defences.

Drawing on their specialised research interests, these scholars will provide those attending with a much greater understanding of the environmental and human factors that affected the development of ‘Maritime Kent’ over the centuries. Such an educational event through knowledge exchange and public engagement is wholly appropriate for the Centre in Kent History and Heritage. Moreover, this is a collaborative undertaking with the Royal Museums Greenwich and Kent Archaeological Society which, too, set education at the centre of their respective remits.


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