APCT welcomes two new Trustees

Elizabeth Anderson holds a Masters in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, a Bachelors in International Relations, and a Diploma in the Common Law.  She is the CEO of the British Interplanetary Society.  Elizabeth will be helping the Trust on…

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The Palace Model

Rod Shelton’s model of Otford Palace, which was previously on display at the Heritage Centre, is now on loan to Lullingstone Castle together with the models of Percy Pilcher and his hang glider, and Lullingstone Villa. Lullingstone will be looking…

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Orpington U3A

The Palace welcomed a group from Orpington U3A on Thursday 21st October, for a talk and tour on Otford and the Palace by Rod Shelton and Nick Rushby

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Otford Primary School visits Otford Palace

In July 2021 Abby Lloyd organised a learning walk with Phil Clucas for the Year 2 classes at Otford Primary to find out more about the history of the village. Here are some of the drawings by the children. You can see their collated writing here.

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Charing Palace Trust

Charing Palace was one of the string of archepiscopal palaces on the route between London and Canterbury. The Trust was formed as a charity in June 2017 with a view to restoring, reviving and revitalising Charing Palace for the benefit of the community.…

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What’s been happening at the Palace

A great deal has been happening in the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust over the past couple of months.  You will remember (I hope) the news item on the merger between the Otford Heritage Centre and the Trust.  The enlarged organisation…

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An update

Detailed design work As a result of the recent funding awards from the Department of Digital culture Media and Sport, and the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, we have been able to instruct Purcell Architects to start work on the next stage of the design…

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Otford Palace needs your help

The covid-19 pandemic came at an unfortunate time for the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust.  Both the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England put their funding programmes on hold until the end of 2020 and the programme for solicit…

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Heritage collaborates for the future

After lengthy discussions, the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust and the Otford Heritage Centre have reached agreement on a programme of close collaboration which, it is intended, will lead to a merger of the two organisations in due course. In…

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Interactive interior

Except for the Trustees and those who carried out the recent repairs works, relatively few people alive today have seen the interior of the North-West Tower. Part of the overall project is to establish a Museum in the Tower and to this end, the Trust…

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Field of the Cloth of Gold – postponed

With great regret, we have postponed our re-enactment of the visit of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to Otford in 1520.  In the current situation it would have been irresponsible to hold the event as planned.  We’ll be looking for another…

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The lease

The Trust and Sevenoaks District Council are delighted to announce that the 99-year lease of the Archbishop’s Palace site and buildings was completed on 19th September. This means that the Trust can now start to make progress with many aspects of the…

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The Tudor Door

Observant walkers in Station Road Otford will have noticed a Tudor door being used as a garden gate, just past the end of the garden at Colets, the imposing house to the East of the Pond. Its original location is uncertain: various suggestions are that…

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Thomas Becket returns to Otford

850 years after his murder in Canterbury, Becket is coming back to Otford – a place where it is said he particularly enjoyed staying while he was Archbishop (1162-1170) in spite of the taste of the water and the songs of its nightingales. Local legends…

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Council for British Archaeology

A group of about twenty visitors from the Council for British Archaeology South East visited Otford on Sunday 9th June 2019.  They spend the morning at the dig on the Roman Villa on Castle Field and, after lunch, were given a talk and tour of Otford’s…

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Surveying Palace Field

One of the actions in the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership plan for the Archbishops’ Palace, is a botanical survey of Palace Field. This, together with the archaeological survey, will enable us to understand the field before any conservation work…

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Darent Valley Mayors at the Palace

On 11th May, as part of a journey along the Darent Valley, the Mayors of Sevenoaks and Dartford, together with councillors from Sevenoaks District Council, visited the Archbishop’s Palace and the Otford Heritage Centre.  The Trust’s vision…

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Making artefacts more accessible

Museums have traditionally displayed historical artefacts in glass display cases which limit visitors’ opportunity to examine them in detail.  Technology can provide a solution to this problem.  On 7th May 2019 Nick Rushby (APCT), Cliff Ward…

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Laura Shield joints the Board of Trustees

Laura Shield teaches at St Michael’s School, Otford, where she is head of History and Religious Education.  In her history degree she specialised in the Tudors and so she brings an important skill set to the Board.  She will be writing a monthly…

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