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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
July 19th, 10am.
Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
Situated on the highest point of Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight is an enigmatic pre-historic enclosure which is being rapidly lost to cliff erosion. CITiZAN and the National Trust are looking for volunteers to help excavate and find out more about the site.
With a team of 15 volunteers on each day and three members of staff we will be hoping to get to the bottom of the origins of the enclosure. Due to expected high interest in this project we are looking for volunteers who can do two consecutive days (Tues/Wed, Thurs/Fri or Sat/Sun). During your time on the project you will learn about excavation and survey techniques and how you can become more involved with the CITiZAN project and the National Trust Isle of Wight Archaeological monitoring scheme on the Island.
Spaces are limited and booking is essential, please contact ABellisario@mola.org.uk.
For those interested in the archaeology, but not wanting to actively participate in the excavtion there are guided tours from the 22nd-24th (http://www.citizan.org.uk/events/location/South%20West/?page=1).
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
The Cafe Scientifique for May will explore how aircraft are design to hold up against atmospheric conditions!
Meeting from 7.30-9pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Boscanova (650 Chistchurch Road, BH1 4BP).
This is a free evening and a great way to learn something new in an open an informative environment.
Saturday 28th May to Sunday 12 June 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust have organised an open studio event, bringing together local artists and their community based work.
Dorset Art Weeks is one of the largest open studio events in the country. It brings artists and visitors together in ways that are profoundly different to entering a public gallery. This year, Dorset Wildlife Trust is very pleased to announce that two of our visitor centres will be exhibiting art work for Art Weeks – the Kingcombe Centre and The Chesil Beach Centre, both in west Dorset.
A percentage of sales go to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.
Dorset Wildlife Trust have organised summer cruises to celebrate World Ocean Day in June.
Celebrate World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8th June by taking an ocean cruise* with us this summer.
Departing from Poole Quay with Greenslade Pleasure Boats.
The cruise boat includes a large undercover area, heating (if it is still cold) and toilets – as well as a large outdoor viewing area.
* Weather permitting, each cruise will (if possible) travel as far as Dancing Ledge.
Saturday 28 May 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 2.30pm. Boat Departs: 3.00pm. 3hrs duration.
Friday 3 June 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 6.00pm. Boat Departs: 6.30pm. 3hrs duration.
Friday 17 June 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 6.00pm. Boat Departs: 6.30pm. 3hrs duration.
Saturday 25 June 2016 – Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 2.30pm. Boat Departs: 3.00pm. 3hrs duration.
Fee: Adult £14 per person
Under 16 years £7 per person
Book securely online at http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/ocean-cruises.html or call 01305 264620