June 25th and 26th, 9 a.m.
Over this weekend you will be looking at the line of World War II anti-tank cylinders which form part of a Grade II listed group of defences. These defences were hastily erected in 1940 as the open and flat expanse of Pegwell Bay was seen as vulnerable to invasion. There will be classroom session where you will learn more about the site from Kent military historian Ron Stillwell, look at the CITiZAN project as a whole and the recording methods we’ll be using before taking a guided walk of the site and recording the cylinders and associated features at the northern end of the line.
The itinerary for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday 25 June
9.00am – 1.00pm: Classroom session at Cliffesend Village Hall
After tea, coffee and biscuits and introductions there’ll be presentations on CITiZAN and the history of the site. We’ll then look at the different recording methods CITiZAN uses and have a practice run of the scale planning skills we’ll need on Sunday. At 12.45 we’ll break for lunch (bring sandwiches, but we’ll provide tea, coffee, squash and more biscuits) and have an informal question and answer session
13.00 – 15.00: Field session
We’ll drive to Pegwell Bay Country Park car park and walk to the site in Stonelees Nature Reserve (c 500m). CITiZAN will cover parking costs, and has room in our minibus for those that need a lift.We’ll then carry out a walkover survey of the site thenfill in recording sheets and take photographs of the anti-tank cylinders and associated features. There’ll be c 15 minutes at the end of the session for questions and answers.
Sunday 26 June
10.00 – 15.00 Field session
Meet at Pegwell Bay Country Park car park and walk to the site in Stonelees Nature Reserve. CITiZAN will cover parking costs. We have room in our minibus for those that need a lift – we’ll be leaving from Ramsgate at 9.30. On site recording of the anti-tank cylinders and associated features to produce a scale plan and elevation drawings. Debrief with a questions/answer session and discussion about follow up work on the site and along the Thanet coastline. We’ll have a break c.12.30 for a picnic lunch: please bring sandwiches; we’ll provide squash and biscuits.
All attendees will recieve an attendance certificate and a CITiZAN edition Archaeology Skills passport
To sign up and for more details contact Lara at email@example.com or on 07718 570384
Archaeology: From Dig to Lab and Beyond
Starts June 20th.
Join us at the University of Reading as we chart the progress of an archaeological excavation from dig to lab and beyond on this free online course.
Take a virtual field trip to the Vale of Pewsey
We’ll be showing you around our field school – a month-long excavation at the Vale of Pewsey, which is a relatively untouched site compared to its world-famous neighbours, Stonehenge and Avebury.
The Vale of Pewsey is an archaeological treasure chest and the jewel of its crown is Marden. Built around 2,400 BC, Marden is the largest henge in the country and one of Britain’s most important but least understood prehistoric monuments.
Every object has a tale to tell and we’ll investigate how archaeologists paint a vivid picture of what life was like in Neolithic times through the astounding assortment of discoveries made in this beautiful part of England.
No prior experience of archaeology is needed. This course is designed for anyone interested in studying an archaeology degree at university. However, anyone with an enthusiastic interest in archaeology is very welcome to join us too.
Marden Henge is the third ‘super-henge’ in Wiltshire, alongside Stonehenge and Avebury. In July 2016 there is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about prehistory and these enigmatic henges before a visit to see the site being excavated by archaeologists from the University of Reading.
Available on selected dates from 7 July – 24 July (excluding Fridays).
If you are interesting in bringing a group of 8 or more, then please contact us to see how we can help.
A specialist Archaeology tour which starts by exploring the award-winning galleries of the Wiltshire Museum. The Museum will also have a special exhibition about the excavations at Marden Henge featuring some of the finds from previous seasons.
After lunch there will be a guided tour of the excavations – with a chance to see archaeologists in action and to find out about the latest discoveries.
10.30 – Visit Wiltshire Museum, tea/coffee served on arrival. Museum specialist tour
12pm – Lunch at the Museum or a local pub
1.30pm – Depart for the archaeological site at Marden Henge with a member of Wiltshire Museum staff (duration 2 hours).
Book your place for “Excavating a Neolithic Henge” using our Yapsody event booking service (https://wiltshiremuseum.yapsody.com/event/index/30785?ref=elink)
Celebrate this year’s Festival of British Archaeology in Avebury!
With a wealth of history and archaeological discoveries, Avebury World Heritage Site is the perfect place to visit during the Festival of British Archaeology.
Join one of the tours around the Henge and stone circles to unlock the secrets of Avebury. Tours cost £3 per person and run most days. Please check timings before you travel.
Running from the 16th-31st of July from 10am-6pm daily.
Citizen science and volunteering is an important part of conservation and heritage.
There are many ways you can get involved in projects, and many volunteer oppourtunities to suit whatever level of involvement you want. RSPB have put together a list of ways you can help that take under an hour: http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/volunteering/micro.aspx
And if you have more time to give there are many other projects run through RSPB and other conservation and heritage organisation that will always appreciate your involvement.
Sunday 1st May 2016: 10.30am
Catherington Down, Waterlooville, Hampshire
A chance to see a lesser known site (Hampshire County Council land) in the Meon Valley with good flora and fauna. Looking out for Brimstone and Orange Tip butterflies and other early butterflies and moths.
Meet at 10.30am in Lovedean Lane, Grid ref: SU690143, nearest postcode PO8 0TG.
- Leave the A3(M) at Junction 2, taking the B2149 towards Horndean
- Pass Morrison’s and keep ahead into Catherington Lane
- Turn left at Roads Hill and then right into Lovedean Lane
- Park in Lovedean Lane
For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact the Leader: Ashley Whitlock, tel: 02392 731266 or mobile: 07752 182340
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have organised a ‘Wild Day Out!’ for 7-12 year olds (5th April) and 5-8 year olds (6th April).
Seeking snakes in sunny spots and finding frogs in soggy bogs. A toadily fun day of games, crafts and wildlife exploration – there’s newt better!
Wild Days Out! are offered in partnership with New Forest District Council and registered with Ofsted. Please contact Sue Shawyer at the NFDC on 02380 285102.
£15 per child 10 am – 3 pm
Blashford Lakes Education Centre ,
Dr Genoveva Esteban will be running her acclaimed ‘Microscope Madness’ event at the Time and Tide Initiative’s Science Fair in the Square as part of British Science Week on 21st March 2015.
Microscope Madness reveals the wondrous world of microscopic organisms to both children and adults by giving them a hands on experience in preparing slides and then using high definition microscopes to observe microscopic organisms which are found in Christchurch Harbour.
This activity aims to inspire and develop two-way discussion between participants and Genoveva to get both children and adults talking about topics such as: the functioning of a food chain – from microbes, to the fish we eat; the human impact on the aquatic environment – e.g. pollution of lakes and seas, and how this links with toxic algal blooms; and the role microbes play in cleaning our sewage water.
Science Fair in the Square is a free event held in Saxon Square, Christchurch on Saturday 21st March, 11am – 3pm.
Find out more about this event and the Time and Tide Initiative here.
Update 24th March 2015:
Saturday’s Fair in Saxon Square was a huge success with nearly 600 people passing through the Christchurch Community Partnership Marquee!
Read the full write up over on the Time and Tide blog here and make sure you don’t miss out on their next event – a brand new storytelling performance piece inspired by the strange tides of Christchurch Harbour, at Ye Olde George Inn, on the 30th April 2015.