Monthly Archives: November 2012

Artistic Thanet

We now have stock of this interesting book by Richard Lewis on Thanet’s artistic heritage.

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Artistic Thanet Book

With 36 pages in six chapters with 29 black and white illustrations, Artistic Thanet tells how the extraordinary lives of British artists including the painters Rossetti, Sickert and Van Gogh, the writers Wilkie Collins and John Buchan, and Frank Richards, the creator of Billy Bunter, were linked to the Isle of Thanet and sometimes to each other.


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A new Chairman for the Trust

Chairman's handover
Outgoing and incoming Chairmen

Mr Chris Gibbs, who has been Chair of the Council of Trustees of the Trust for eight years, stepped down from the post at the Annual General Meeting which was held at Broadstairs on the 19th of November.  Mr. Simon Perry, who has been a member of the Council of Trustees for five years, was elected as Chair at the meeting. The Trustees and guests welcomed Simon as the new Chair and on handing over, a presentation was made to Chris and he was warmly thanked for his long service in the role.

Directors update
Directors update

The meeting heard reports from the officers and Emma Boast, the Director of the Trust, gave a round up of the year’s commercial and educational activities and thanked the many volunteers who have assisted in delivering another year of important research and education in Thanet’s archaeology.

Following the meeting, Deputy Director Ges Moody, gave a presentation on a future strategy for The Trust. A key proposal was to actively develop a role for archaeology in Thanet’s growing Heritage community.Practical steps to encouraging interest in Thanet’s archaeological heritage would be the production of a locally focused book series, building on the success of the Trust’s Underground Thanet publication. Renewed emphasis on connecting people with their heritage through engagement with the Trusts collection of artefacts, which would include hands on activities and workshops, would also be a significant element of the future strategy.
A useful discussion and informal exchange of ideas followed with the participants, who included representatives of the Isle of Thanet archaeological society, volunteers and other active members of Thanet’s archaeological community.

Thanet’s Historic Coast Displayed

Trust members were at Ramsgate Harbour for the day on Sunday October 28th October, taking part in the  Historic Coast at Ramsgate event, held for Kent’s Coastal Week. The weather proved to be surprisingly mild after the lashing wind and surprise hail storms of the day before.

Picture of our stall at Historic Coast Ramsgate
The Trust’s stall at the Historic Coast Ramsgate Event

The Trust’s display focused on the dynamic coastal change which has altered the shape of the Isle of Thanet over the centuries.  Finds of pottery and flint were on show on our stall, collected from the beach under Dumpton Gap where a settlement dating from the Late Iron Age and Roman period erodes with every fall of the chalk cliffs.

Reconstruction plans showed the sequence of change of the east Kent coast from the Mesolithic period, which has removed so much of the land mass that once stood at the confluence of the  Thames valley and the English Channel, where Thanet now stands.

The immense changes to the regions coastline proved to be a talking point for the steady flow of visitors to the Trust’s stand and those of the other local historical groups who were there on the day. The day went well despite the cold wind that got up later in the afternoon. It was an opportunity to renew friendships and make new contacts.