Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

School Visits

Tours and events for schools, universities, private groups, and the general public.

What is CEMA?

Learn about CEMA and meet the team. The next open day will be early in the New Year.

Location Hire

Film and media enquires. During the Year we have hosted numerous film and TV groups.

Private Groups

We can host private groups if they pre-book on weekdays and many weekends. Please contact us for full details.


We are planning a programme of events on site and at major military shows for 2022 – 23.

Experimental military archaeology is the practical exploration of the function and reality of attack, defence, and the life of the soldier throughout history.

“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books; but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.”

T. E. Lawrence

‘The Evolution of a Revolt’ in The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal October 1920

Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology is the home of pan-historical experimentation concerning methods of military attack and defence, and of soldiers’ day-to-day lives, from the Roman period to the Second World War.

We work in collaboration with the University of Kent and Wessex Archaeology to provide research and educative experiences using cutting-edge technology, the arts, and traditional means.

Based at Kent Showground, early study of the area has uncovered evidence of a Roman watchtower, Saxon fortifications, and a well-preserved Norman motte-and-bailey. More than 2000 years of history have passed through this corner of England, and we aim to uncover it.

The site also serves as a film and production set for both major studios and local creatives, as well as being open to schools, universities and tour groups. Feel free to get in touch using the contact form.

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