History

Activities

Defending Dover!

Defending Dover!

The defence of Dover has been crucial, protecting it from invasion for hundreds of years – but how has this been achieved? At the Western Heights you can uncover the history of the fortifications put in place to defend the town from invasion, and see how well you can match your own knowledge and predictions against what really happened.

The Drop Redoubt (exterior) and the site of former barracks are open access. For a guided tour of the interior of the Drop Redoubt and visit to the Grand Shaft, contact Dover Western Heights Preservation Society
http://www.doverwesternheights.org
mandywhall@doverwesternheights.org

For in-school workshops on being a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, see also:
http://schoolhistoryworkshops.co.uk/workshops.html

This activity is available at the following locations:

Digging for History

Digging for History

Castle Hill was possibly the site of Neolithic festivals and a Norman Castle. Climb to the top and imagine taking part in a festival or living in the castle. Why do you think this site was chosen? If you did an archaeological dig here, what do you think you might find? And what do you think we should do with the site today?

For a guided tour of Castle Hill, contact Canterbury Archaeological Trust
http://www.canterburytrust.co.uk
andrew.richardson@canterburytrust.co.uk
See also the Iron Age workshop at:
http://schoolhistoryworkshops.co.uk/workshops.html

This activity is available at the following locations:

Grand Designs-Roman Style

Grand Designs-Roman Style

East Wear Bay was the site of an important Roman villa. Can you map its rooms on the clifftop? And can you design your own villa, inspired by what you have learned?

This activity is available at the following locations:

More Digging for History

More Digging for History

On the beach at East Wear Bay you can find artefacts from the Iron Age and Roman times to World War 2. Be an archaeologist for the day in a treasure hunt to see what you can unearth. What do your finds tell you about the history of the area and its development?

For a guided beachcombing session, contact Canterbury Archaeological Trust
http://www.canterburytrust.co.uk
andrew.richardson@canterburytrust.co.uk
See also the Iron Age workshop at:
http://schoolhistoryworkshops.co.uk/workshops.html

This activity is available at the following locations:

There’ll Be Blue Birds Over….

There’ll Be Blue Birds Over….

Dover’s famous White Cliffs have become a symbol of Britain. They have also been the site of feats of engineering, wartime defences and gun emplacements, and the UK’s busiest port. What evidence can you find of their history? And how would you create a song or poster to celebrate the cliffs today?

Entrance to the South Foreland Lighthouse is by guided tour only and to Fan Bay Tunnels is by pre-booked ticket only. Both sites are run by the National Trust.

This activity is available at the following locations:

Under the Sea-How Samphire Hoe Was Created

Under the Sea-How Samphire Hoe Was Created

Samphire Hoe was created from rock from the sea bed dug out and piled up in the 1980s during the boring of the Channel Tunnel. Less than 30 years ago the spot you are standing on was sea! Discover the changes to the Samphire Hoe site from the coming of the railway in 1843 to the present and make your own map to show how it all happened.

This activity is available at the following locations: