Press Release

17 January 2014

A Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology has been launched by Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Centre will focus on exciting new research projects on the history of the county, offering opportunities for local community projects, as well as hosting exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, study days and workshops.

Dr Stephen Hipkin, Head of History and American Studies at the University and Jackie Eales, Professor of Early Modern History for Christ Church are the co-directors for the Centre. Dr Hipkin said: “There has long been a notable concentration of research expertise in English regional history, and especially the history of Kent, within the Department of History and American Studies at Christ Church, including specialists in the regional archaeology of Britain (c. 4000BC to 1100 AD).

“It is these staff that will now bring their expertise to the development of research projects with a specific focus on the rich and varied archaeology and history of Kent.”

Professor Eales added: “For many centuries Kent, and Canterbury in particular, has been at the heart of the story of English History. However, research on the history and archaeology of Kent is by no means solely of local interest and significance. Local studies are often the only way a general hypothesis may be tested and a national picture of key developments in society can often only be pieced together from an accumulation of fine-grained local studies.

“The work of the Centre will not only help our local communities understand their development and history better, but will also stimulate debate within a national context about historical discoveries and our way of thinking about the past.”

As part of the launch of the Centre an exhibition is being held in Folkestone Town Hall in conjunction with Folkestone Town Council, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Kent History and Library Centre and Maidstone Museum.

The Kent History Exhibition will feature artefacts on topics such as The Medieval Church in Kent from its monastic foundations, Kent and the Civil War, Vagrancy in Early Modern Kent, the ‘Tithe Wars’ in nineteenth and twentieth century Kent, Buffalo Bill’s tour of the county in 1903, and the finds of nineteenth-century Kent explorer Julius Brenchley.

The exhibition will be at the Folkestone Town Hall until Friday, 31 January, Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm.


On Monday, 27 January Prof Jackie Eales will also be talking at Folkestone Town Council, 6 -7.30pm on the topic of ‘Kent is the key of all England’ (John Leland c. 1540): Kent from the Middle Ages to Buffalo Bill’. To book your space email: .   

For more information on the exhibition visit Folkestone Town Council Facebook.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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