The School of East Kent Studies exists to celebrate the land and the towns of Thanet & East Kent, using a combination of history, mythology, folklore and fiction — literary, visual and musical.

By Richard Verstegan - A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence by Richard Verstegan (1605), Public Domain
Hengist and Horsa landing at Ebbsfleet in the 5th century CE, from A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence by Richard Verstegan (1605)

This is a region whose pivotal role in the history of Western Europe — from before the Roman Empire to the Dunkirk evacuation and beyond — too often fades from public view. The School aims to correct this, to re-enchant East Kent, and thus to enhance both native pride and appeal to visitors and incomers.

  • The first activity will be a short presentation and guided walk, provisionally scheduled for afternoon of 30 July, in Ramsgate.
  • This will be followed by a Call for Submissions for a first issue of the School’s journal, to be published in late 2018 or early 2019.

The School is an informal association running on volunteer contributions, not an educational institution but closer to a school of artists. Nevertheless, it takes inspiration from ventures like the School of Scottish Studies and the Centre for Icelandic Studies.

Please see our list of related organisations, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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