Kent Archaeological Review extract

HRH Duke of Gloucester Visits the Dover Excavations.
by Anne McLeod.

A special occasion for Kent Archaeology was a visit by HRH. the Duke of Gloucester to the town-centre excavations at Dover on 25th November 1975. During the morning His Royal Highness, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lord Astor of Hever and the Chairman of Dover District Council, Mr Peter Bean were welcomed to the archaeological site at Market Street by the director of excavations, Mr Brian Philp. After donning wellington boots and CIB helmets the party toured the most recent excavations north of the 'Painted House', where substantial Roman masonry has recently been uncovered. His Royal Highness then inspected the impressive indoor excavations and watched the processing work on many of the finds.

After lunch at the town hall the Duke made a special visit to the Kent Archaeol. Rescue Unit's Research Centre in Dover Castle (kindly provided by DOE). Here the Duke of Gloucester saw members of the team preparing drawings and plans for publications as well as the reconstructed wall plaster from the 'Painted House'.

As a professional architect with considerable archaeological knowledge the Duke displayed a great interest in all he saw. The visit most certainly helped to boost the moral of the CIB team, who work all the year round, seven days a week, often in very difficult and trying conditions.

PHOTO: Visitors at the excavation.

From left to right: Lord Astor of Hever, Mr Peter Bean, and His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester visit excavations in progress near the Roman "Painted House" at Dover.
Reproduced by permission of Kent Messenger.

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