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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Do you have an interest in heritage and desire to join a team that is conserving a Tudor Palace to create an interpretation centre for Otford and the Darent Valley?

The Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust wants to appoint two new trustees to join the board and help us achieve our objectives which are: For the benefit of the public the preservation, restoration, maintenance, repair and improvement of the building…

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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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Purcell Architects

The search for an architect to work with the Trust in realising its vision for the future of the Archbishops’ Palace started in November 2018.  We were looking for a firm with significant experience of heritage buildings, who could offer a wide…

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Handing over the royalties of Otford Palace

Sevenoaks District Council will be bidding a royal farewell to the Archbishop’s Palace in Otford as it hands over the reins to newly crowned leaseholders, the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust. The Tudor Palace, dating back to 1515 and once…

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Holly Cooper

The Trust is very pleased to announce that Holly Cooper will be working with us over the coming months, helping with the architectural aspects of the project.

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Andrew Goymer joins APCT Board of Trustees

We are delighted to welcome Andrew Goymer, a long-time resident of Otford, to the Board of Trustees. He joins at a particularly crucial time, as we await the delivery to SDC  of the Options Appraisal from Thomas Ford, and then the Council’s decision…

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