MAAG Meeting 9th June 2017

In a change from our advertised talk, we had the following evening, starting with Albert who gave us some photographic talks on:

1) The Eakring Oil Field - Sherwood Forest’s secret oilfield - Nottinghamshire, and mentioned the Oil
Museum. At one time a train line to Scotland was used to transport the oil northwards for processing. The site is now a nature reserve.

2) Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire, now a National Trust property. Southwell has a Norman
Cathedral and, as David informed us, the town is also where the Bramley apple originated. Albert spoke about the oakum picking that the workhouse inmates used to have to do in order to caulk ships.

3)  Creswell Crags, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border. He described the Pin Hole  Cave, inhabited from Neanderthal times to the middle of the last century.

4)         Chesterfield Trade Union May Day March, and

5)         Walsingham Pilgrimage 2017, on the Spring Bank Holiday.

Then our new Chairman, Sandra, spoke about upcoming events and future meetings, including
The Helpers’ Meeting on 2nd July on site at East Farleigh to discuss the National Archaeology Day exhibition at Maidstone Museum on 22nd July and the Open Day at East Farleigh excavation on 10th September. If you can help at the events but can’t attend the site meeting on 2nd July, please let me know and I’ll keep you informed of what’s happening.

We had a break for tea, coffee and biscuits, and some social chatting.

Then Albert showed us some finds from East Farleigh that he’d brought to display on the table, and gave us an update on the excavation. He also spoke about a watching brief on a cremation burial in Chatham Road.

David then spoke about the items he’d brought along from Roger, which was the folder, floor plan and photos of the work that some members of the Group had done on ledger slabs in All Saints’ Church, Maidstone in the
90s. Albert plans to record the medieval floor tiles in the chancel.

David said that the National Lottery Fund had awarded £1.8m for a project at Fort Amherst which will begin in
January 2018 and last for two years. We might be able to be involved in this.

He logged on to the internet and showed those members who were present what our website looks like. He then rounded off the evening by showing three short videos:

1)         The excavation by KAFS in Teston on the North bank of the Medway, with Paul Wilkinson               narrating. Video dated 2015.

2)         Saltwood Castle promotional video

3)         Sound Mirrors at Dungeness

So, an evening of great interest and diversity! I hope that the six other members and two guests enjoyed it as much as I did.

Refit Project

This is a really interesting and enjoyable project by a young researcher.

If you could please watch both parts and comment at the end of both, it would be much appreciated - thank you :

Kind regards,

Linda Weeks,

Honorary Secretary

Maidstone Area Archaeological Group

01622 762422

07887 637186