Thanet District Council has now released details of the forthcoming sea defence works that are to start with immediate effect. Full details of the works programme can be found on the TDC website.
At present I have now have a collection of 42 items from the main sands area that have some form of historical and local interest, and that is before the work has started.
Looking at the plan I see the works are in four sections which is very convenient as each section does have its own individual history and it will make it easier to put a location to the items as they are found. Historically it will be the area of the North Wall and Revetment that has the most potential. This can be further backed up by studying prints and the maps on the margate local history website on my side bar and even for the amatuer historian this is not rocket science. In a way Tony Lee has provided us with all the information we need so it is really up to us to go out there and see what we can find. Personally, I am not really interested in the gold, jewellery and money that can found around the south wall area. My interests will be to find of historic items from the 1690's to the early Victorian era for the Margate Museum which we have very little of, if any. So I really do hope that if people do find things that they are recorded and shared with the museum even if they are going to keep them.
During the digging the Margate Museum will be open at the weekends and I am sure that as things unfold this will be a local interest attraction on top of what is going on at moment in Margate at present.