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SYMPOSIUM AT BROMLEY.
19th February 1966
Congregational Church Hall, Widmore Road.
For the first time the West Kent meeting is being held at Bromley. The hall is close to the market square which is served by many London Transport buses. Bromley North Station (4 minutes) and Bromley South Station (8 minutes) are both within easy walking distance. The latter is a main-line station directly connecting with Victoria, Holborn, Chatham Rochester, Faversham, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Thanet, Dover, Maidstone, Ashford and Sevenoaks. There are also many cafes and restaurants within easy reach of the hall.
An interesting programme has been arranged. The morning session (starting at 11 sharp) will include reports on recent excavations and research by active Kent groups. The afternoon session (starting at 2.30 sharp) will include guest speakers from London and Surrey reporting on current excavations and discoveries; discussions on topics of archaeological interest and a report on emergency excavations in Kent. Most lectures will be illustrated by slides and finds and plans may be displayed. Detailed programmes are being prepared.
Members of local groups, societies and the public are welcome to attend. Admission 2 shillings and 6 pence (pay at the door) includes tea and biscuits.
Report on the West Kent Symposium.
This was the second KARGC Symposium to be held in West Kent and the first to be held at Bromley. The morning was made up of illustrated reports by various groups.
The afternoon session was reserved for guest speakers. Mr P R V Marsden of the Guildhall Museum gave a concise and informative talk with slides on recent archaeological discoveries in the City. Miss J Harding described with slides the excavations of a late Bronze Age Settlement at Weston Wood, Surrey. Mention was made of several experiments being conducted by modern craftsmen faced with primitive conditions and the similarity of finished products such as pottery was compared. Mr K Gravett appealed to his audience for assistance in reporting and recording Buildings of Historic interest and explained how best to set about the task. Leaflets on this subject were distributed and Mr Gravett showed slides of buildings now destroyed.
The choice of a large modern hall with public address facilities proved successful and 150 people attended, double the number of last year's Symposium at Maidstone. Particular thanks are due to our guest speakers, the group spokesmen, the KARGC. Committee members, the West Kent Excavation Group who acted as hosts and also to all the group members and their friends who supported the venture.