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Folkestone Research and Archaeology Group


At a meeting held on Sunday 29th January, the Folkestone Research and Archaeology Group (FRAG) was formed. A Founder member, Iain Nielson, said “The main objectives of the group, which we believe is the first devoted archaeology to be formed locally, will be to discover, identify, document, record, protect and promote the archaeology of the Folkestone area. This could involve surveys, excavations where possible, talks, outings and events”

The catalyst for the formation of the group has been the excellent two-season excavation, undertaken on the East Cliff Roman villa site, by Canterbury Archaeological Trust, under the auspices of “A Town Unearthed”, which has demonstrated that there is much more to be learned about the role of Folkestone in the Iron Age and Roman eras. While much of this history has been all but obliterated by the rapid development of the town, there are nevertheless areas where small-scale excavation may reveal important clues.

Colleen Harrison, another member said “For many of the volunteers involved in the Roman Villa dig either as finds washers, diggers or guides to the site, this was their first experience of practical archaeology. Though there will undoubtedly be future excavations on East Cliff, this may nor be possible immediately. So another aim for FRAG will be to enable the volunteers to keep in contact and encourage others to become involved.  

The group will work to build strong relationships with other archaeological groups in Canterbury, Thanet, Dover and Maidstone as well as working closely with Folkestone Local History Society, Folkestone People’s History Centre, A Town Unearthed and Canterbury Christchurch University. 

Membership is open to all, regardless of where they live. If you are interested, please contact us by e-mail: or telephone 

A Facebook page has been set up and more details can be seen on the website: The next meeting will take place from 17.00 – 19.00, on Sunday 25th March, at the Pullman, in Church Street, Folkestone. All are welcome. There will also be a walk and talk covering  the history of The Bayle led by local historian, Eamonn Rooney on Saturday 24th March meeting at 2.00 pm at the Top of the Old High Street.

 For further details please contact: Catherine Holtham-Oakley on 0777-163-0283 or