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Welcome to the website of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society. The Society is an independent organisation which campaigns for the conservation and improvement of this attractive town with its important heritage and rich cultural life.

Our next event for 2023:

Thursday 9th February 7.30pm on Zoom

'Archaeology on the border - National Trust excavations at Smallhythe Place'
an illustrated talk by Nathalie Cohen of the National Trust making a return appearance.
Although Smallhythe is perhaps best known today as the former home of Victorian actress Ellen Terry and her daughter Edy Craig, it was a location during the medieval period for royal shipbuilding, and it was also a hive of activity some 2,000 years ago. This talk will explore the results of archaeological investigations during the summers of 2021 and 2022 in the house's garden, as well as the nearby Elfwick and Forstal Fields, and will throw light upon life along the Kent/Sussex border over the centuries.


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Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society - Registered Charity No. 276545