Kent Archaeological Review extract

Painted House at Dover --
Progress Report, March 1976.
by George Ruck.

DOE Make Grant of 12,500.

More good news for the 'Painted House' Friends who have so readily supported archaeology in Kent. The Department of the Environment has now agreed to make a contribution of 12,500 towards the preservation aspects of the scheme. This excellent news means that the Appeal now stands as follows:

Dover District Council 25,000
Kent County Council 25,000
Department of the Environment 12,500
Friends and donations   5,500
Still to raise 22,000

The trustees have now been able to act with appropriate speed, mainly in an attempt to defeat inflation. They chose a specific scheme and a London architect in December; obtained planning consent in January 1976 and sent out the tenders in February. By early March the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit was trying hard to complete its programme of five months non-stop work on the site in very bad weather conditions ahead of the builders. More than 400 tons of soil were excavated by hand and another 500 tons of rubble and rubbish had to be removed by mechanical means.

Even with all this splendid progress another 22,000 remains to be raised as a matter of urgency. More Friends are wanted for the 5 season-ticket for life. The trustees would also welcome sponsorship from industry, business or private interests. Please help us to complete Britain's finest archaeological show-piece.

George Ruck, Trustee and Charter Town
Mayor of Dover.

For further details apply to:
Dover Roman Painted House Trust, CIB Headquarters, Dover Castle, Kent.

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