Volunteers are needed at South Foreland Lighthouse to welcome visitors to the building. The lighthouse is owned by the National Trust and stands on the cliff top just outside the village of St. Margaret’s, near Dover. Last year, a new interactive display was installed and a new reception area and shop were opened. This year the final stages of improvements will be revealed, including a tea room. Because of all the changes, more volunteers are needed to help welcome visitors

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A 13 page report on the second phase of excavations at the Roman Villa, written by dig Director Keith Parfitt, has been published. It summarises the stratigraphy, features and finds revealed during the 2011 dig season, which ran from May to November. Click on the link below to download. Folkestone 2011, Summary report (PDF 2 MB)

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A Town Unearthed will be running a series of free talks and workshops throughout January and February 2012 which will focus on archaeology, history and heritage.  Taking place across Folkestone they will offer people the chance to take part in practical workshops and listen to heritage experts. To view the complete programme please click on the link below: ATU Did You Know Programme For further information or to book places please email townunearthed@canterbury.ac.uk or telephone 01303 850614.  You may also request

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Dr Andrew Richardson and Dr Lesley Hardy have contributed to a film about Geology in the South East broadcast on Monday 21st November on BBC Inside Out. The film can be viewed via the link below for the next week or downloaded via BBC iplayer.  The geology film is the second one of the programme and starts at 9 minutes 30. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0071ms1

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We have now put together the new Research Group programme for winter 2011/12. The activities and discussions will be based around S.E. Winbolt's fascinating account of the 1924 East Cliff excavations, as published in his book 'Roman Folkestone'.

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The East cliff excavation was featured in a report on Wednesday evening, 5th October 2011. The news correspondent made two visits to the site and interviewed Keith Parfitt, Site Director, volunteers taking part in the excavations and Hannah Lewis, Project Manager.

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