We were favoured with a cold but dry day on Saturday for the latest visit to Lyminge by Dr Gabor Thomas. Gabor was guest of the Lyminge Historical Society (LHS) to unveil the new information panel that has been installed on Tayne Field to explain about the 7th Century Royal Estate centre and the complex of mead halls that he discovered there in 2012-15. This is the culmination of a project masterminded by the LHS and funded by Folkestone and Hythe District Council. The panel is designed by Laura Samuels, a heritage consultant, and we are working with her on the Pathways to the Past project so that we maintain a consistent style of design for any information panels and other materials that we produce in the future.
Gabor gave a brief address to the assembled crowd and he has kindly shared this with us here . However, everyone who was present knows it was very cold, so we quickly crossed the road to the Methodist Church where Gabor gave us another of his excellent talks about the significance of the archaeology found in the village so far, and also about what is planned for the future. He is in the final stages of preparing his bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which we hope will provide the money for carrying out the really important detailed analysis of his previous excavations, and writing them up.
Gabor also referred to the other project in progress, our own Pathways to the Past project. He will be directing the important archaeological component of this. He took this opportunity to share with the audience his vision for the important legacy that our project will create and the reconstructions we are planning in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the University of York. You can see more about their breadth of experience working with historic church sites and the kind of work they do here. This vision is very much dependent on raising sufficient money and it is this element that we are seeking to cover through crowd-funding. See here for more information on how you can help make this vision a reality.
After the talk, there was an exhibition in the Tayne Centre, with stalls manned by local groups, a display by the re-enactor group Ost Centingas and very welcome refreshments. Thank you to everyone involved for putting on a super afternoon. The scale of participation demonstrates the huge interest that the village has in its Anglo-Saxon roots, and this will be vital if we are to make our Pathways to the Past Project a reality.
We have been grateful already for the massive support given to our project by Councillor Susan Carey and the financial support from Kent County Council that she has facilitated. You may be interested to read her own account of the event and see some more pictures in the article she has posted in the Hawkinge Gazette.