Archaeology of the mind – press release of 19th February 2011 issued

At a public forum at the Salvation Army Community Centre, 75 Canterbury Road Folkestone on Tuesday,  22 February at 7.30 pm, A Town Unearthed: Folkestone before 1500 will be launching its oral history project.

Advised by Lynda Pearce of the Community Archives and heritage group, it will involve finding people who would like to tell their stories or legends of Folkestone, its landscape and its ancient sites. As Lynda Pearce says “What we are looking for are stories that have been handed down from parents to their children or that have been told to people when they move into the area. They may be about a hill, a wood, an underground stream, a lane or a footpath. They may be stories of ghosts”.

In any community some of its cultural and historical background is not written down but preserved and passed on from one generation to another by spoken word or occasionally in song.  Lynda Pearce continues. “What we are embarking on could be termed the archaeology of the mind, because we want people to dig into their memories of things they were told, perhaps when they were children. Of course, as they are passed on, the stories get embellished but underneath them all is a kernel of the truth, We would like anyone who has a story to tell or who would like to help with the project to come to the forum of otherwise get in touch.”

At the same meeting the project’s website site will be launched and there will be will be an update on A Town Unearthed, which is a three year long project of community archaeology in Folkestone, organised by Canterbury Christ Church University, the Folkestone People’s History Centre and Canterbury Archaeological Trust and funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust with additional contributions by Folkestone Town Council, Kent Archaeological Society and Shepway District Council.

The combined finds processing and information centre for the project has now been set up at 65 Tontine Street, which has been provided rent free by the Creative Foundation.

It is open on Monday evenings from 6.30 – 9pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 3pm and Saturdays 10.—3.00. Anyone is welcome to come and see the work that is being done or talk about becoming involved as a volunteer. For further information please phone Hannah Lewis on 01303-850614.


For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Hannah Lewis on 01303-850614 or Nick Spurrier on 01303-240236.

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