For more than 300 years, fishermen working in the outer Thames estuary have recovered Roman artefacts from an area known as Pudding Pan, the only sea area believed to have been named after archaeological discoveries. Numerous attempts have been, and are being, made to locate the source of the material, yet this elusive site remains undiscovered. Despite this, the stamped samian assemblage has been a central reference point for dating late 2nd century AD samian groups and thereby sites throughout the Empire over the past 100 years. The assemblage, comprising more than 600 artefacts (mostly complete plain samian vessels), has been thoroughly re-assessed to determine the nature and location of the site. Samian, transported in huge quantities throughout the Empire, is one of the key indicators of the widespread cultural reception of Rome. The assemblage appears to represent part of a cargo from a Roman trading ship, either jettisoned or wrecked en route from France to Britain between AD 180 and 200. This site-type is extremely rare throughout the Roman Empire and its discovery could contribute a new perspective on the organisation of trade.
Find out more on Friday April 26th at 6.30pm at our talk, to be held at the Junior School, King’s Road, Herne Bay.
The Medway Queen was launched in 1924 and entered the Thames Estuary routes. She was used as a minesweeper during WW2 and made 7 trips to Dunkirk in 1940. After the war she was refitted and returned to her old routes. Her last sailing was on the 8 September 1963.
Come to the Seaside Museum for our last evening talk this year on
Our next exhibition, Delving into Deco Dress, is currently being set up, and will be open to the public from Saturday 18th November.
There are a number of events planned to tie in with this exhibition, including:
27th November From the Edwardians to Thirties: the Development of Dress (7 for 7.30) Judith Dore Kent Costume Trust
9th January 2018 Glitz and Glamour: Decorations on 1920s costume (7 for 7.30) Judith Dore Kent Costume Trust
Sunday 7th January 2018 Making of the 1920s Elsa Dress Marian Heath Kent Costume Trust talk/workshop (4-6)
Saturday 18th November Launch of our children’s competition: Design your own party clothes inspired by the 1920s.
Children are asked to design party clothes inspired by the Delving into Deco Dress and Design exhibition using any medium – crayons, glitter, material, paint etc. Prizes for the best designs. Competition closes Sunday 14 January 2018.
Saturday 25th November Children’s workshop Makea1920s party headband for Christmas
The exhibition is in conjunction with the Kent Costume Trust.
During Bayfest this summer, one very popular event was a fossil walk. Due to popular demand, on Sunday we held our second fossil walk – children and adults met to learn from Phil Hadland about fossils in the area and how to find them. This included a chance to study items like the elephant’s tooth found in the area near the pier.
After learning about what to look for, and the best way to find interesting items, they headed down to the shore to have their own hunt, complete with sieves, tweezers and other essential pieces of equipment. And wellies. Definitely wellies.
These walks have proved immensely popular, and we’ve received several requests for more. We are limited by tide times and expert availability, but watch this space for more information on any future events planned.
Don’t forget, there is further information about the town at the Seaside Museum, including fossils on display.
Heron Angling Society, The Herne Bay Angling Association and Greenhill Sea Angling Club have come together to put on a fascinating exhibition on the history of sea angling in the town. Exhibits include vintage and classic outboard motors, fishing equipment, memorabilia and photographs. The gallery gives an insight into over 100 years of sea angling and some of the local people who established the clubs and traditions.
The exhibition opens on 16th September and runs until Sunday November 12th. The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
An accompanying talk is planned for Monday 9th October, The One That Got Away, by Kevin Morris. This will be held at the museum at 6.30 for a 7pm start. Tickets for the talk are available from the museum.
Our new What’s On list is now available from the museum, listing our exhibitions, talks and children’s events for the next few months.
We also have another fossil walk planned, for 17th September at 3.30pm. Booking is essential for this very popular activity. Join our expert for a walk along the beach and learn what to look out for and how to find the different types of fossils commonly found in the area.
We had a great time Friday evening, seeing a different view of the town, as Ian Tittley from the Natural History Museum took us out beyond Neptune’s Arm at low tide, and showed us some of the sealife there.
On Monday June 12th, Ian Tittley of the Natural History Museum presents a talk on Life between the tides at Herne Bay.
Tickets cost £5 (£4 for volunteers) and are available from the museum. Seats are limited, so please book in advance.
6.30 for 7pm start (refreshments available).
Of all the habitats in which communities animals and plants are found, none is richer than the sea shore. This narrow strip is occupied by a wide variety of life. Rock, sand and mud create quite different environments and the seashore life associated with these differ considerably.
The coastline at Herne Bay in its natural form is essentially of soft clay, sand, shingle and occasional boulders; it has, however, been much altered by man with the loss of a small estuary and the introduction of artificial substrata such as Neptune’s Arm which has created a man-made reef now densely clothed by seaweeds and animals.
We will look at the range of life in these different habitats including the West Brook at Hampton which contains saltmarsh now rare on our length of coast and perhaps formerly present at Herne Bay.
We will also encounter species washed ashore from elsewhere, and think about non-native (alien) arrivals and their impact.