Kent Archaeological

Rescue Unit


Founded in 1971 the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit has excavated 400 sites throughout Kent. The unit continues to excavate, record, publish and protect the rich history of Kent to this day. Two of those archaeological sites are open to the public and are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. Both sites are run by our fantastic teams of knowledgable volunteers and we are always happy to add to those teams. If you are interested in gaining experience of working in a museum-like environment, please CONTACT US via the form below. 

The exposed ruins of the Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington is open to general visitors and for educational puroposes with local schools. Please visit our Crofton Roman Villa page to find out more about what we offer and to download our information for teachers leaflet.

The Roman Painted House in Dover is another site run by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, which consists of extremely well preserved Roman house and portrays a facinating insight of Roman Dover. Please visit our Roman Painted House page for further information.

Events in 2019

Fun with Pots!


Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington

Wed 10th and 17th April 2019

Sessions at 10.30am

For up to 11 year olds
Children must be accompanied
No booking needed
Entry £4 per child, adult carer free

Discover what the Romans used for cooking, eating and drinking. You will be able to handle real Roman pottery nearly 2,000 years old. Then you can make your own clay pot to take home!

Tour of Reculver Roman Fort near Herne Bay, Kent

Sunday 15th September, 2019.

Special annual tour of Roman Fort and Saxon Church (28th year).

by Dr. Brian Philp, director of excavations 18 years.

Charge £2 p.p. for KARU funds.

Meet outside old Visitor Centre on west cliff. at 2.15pm (if tide out).

Tour one and half hours.

Major research volume on Roman Fort at special price £10 (that day only). 

Horrible Habits & Costumes

Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington

Every Wednesday in August 2019 Sessions at 10.30am

For up to 11 year olds

No booking needed
Children to be accompanied
Entry £4.00 per child, adult carer free

Prehistoric Hippopotamus Skeleton

On display at the Roman Painted House, New Street, Central Dover.

Discovered 30 years ago on secret dig in centre of Folkestone. 

August marks its 100,000 year anniversary! 

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10AM till 5PM July - Septemeber 2019.

Admission only £3 and £4.

Children under 3 and over 93 free!

Roman Painted House, Dover

Free Visit for all Dovorians!

August 26th 2019 only (10AM till 5PM) - Bank Holiday Monday

Special presentations at 11AM and 3PM by Dr Brian Philp, who's team discovered the Roman house during major excavation, on behalf of the Painted House Trust.

I.D. needed. Residency, passport (or TV Licence if over 75)... Or state secret code (CIB) on arrival!

Normal charges would be £3 and £4.

New Book on Sandwich Discoveries


KARU just announced publication of two important rescue excavations in ancient town of Sandwich. Fully illustrated.

Four free copies available to win by answering question - "What was the name of the lost Medieval town, which stood opposite Sandwich across the Stour estuary?"

Phone answer to Roman Painted House, Dover phone number: 01304 203279. Deadline: 31st July.

Normal price: £6 available to purchase at the Roman Painted House, Dover.

Contact Us



Please send all mail enquires to:

Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit

The Roman Painted House

25 New Street


CT17 9AJ

Phone: 01304 203279

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