Margate Caves

by Margate Caves in Margate

We did it
On 4th May 2017 we successfully raised £10,296 with 166 supporters in 42 days

We're going to reopen Margate Caves. Before we open, we want to involve local people in a series of events and an archaeological dig.

by Margate Caves in Margate

New stretch target

We're planning a huge programme to bring Margate Caves to life -  including activity with the local community, developing a learning programme for schools, and a series of commissions for artists to bring our visitor centre to life. With your extra support, we can make this work more sustainable and deliver even more!


Who We Are

Under  Margate, just minutes from the Old Town and at the end of Cliftonville's Northdown Road, lie Margate Caves. Former chalk mines, they've been open to visitors from the 1800s but closed in 2004. We're going to reopen them in 2019 - but we need your help to run some events before then, for people who remember the Caves and to introduce them to people who are too young to have seen them, or moved here since they closed.

We’re the Margate Caves Community Education Trust, and we’re a registered charity. We want to restore the Caves, reopen them, and build a beautiful new visitor centre and community rooms with landscaped grounds above them. We will lease the site from Thanet District Council, for a peppercorn rent, and run the Caves as a charitable concern - for the good of the town, rather than the benefit of individuals.

What We're Doing

We're in an interesting location - minutes away from Margate's regeneration successes the Old Town and Turner Contemporary, but on the edge of some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK.  We have ambitious plans to provide something valuable for visitors and for local people - a new visitor centre and community rooms, providing an entrance to the reopened Caves. We're uniquely placed to tell the story of Margate's growth as a seaside resort, explain how that's rooted in the landscape, and work with local people to celebrate that heritage.

The  Big Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund think our plans are achievable and have given us their backing, but now we need your help to bring the project to life.

Why We Need Your Support

Before our big build starts, we need to explore the site. 

Iron Age ditches were found on a dig on the site next door to ours, possibly part of a hill fort or enclosed settlement. So the history of our site starts with some of the earliest known settlers on the Isle of Thanet.

We need to get started with the archaeological work on our own site right now, Spring and Summer 2017 - and we need your help. This crowdfunding campaign let's us support our archaeological evaluation including some test digs. It will let us hold some events, workshops and talks before and during the building of our new visitor centre and community rooms, and takes us up to our opening in Spring-Summer 2019.

This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 50% towards its fundraising target from Heritage Lottery Fund.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

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£10 Reward

The Caves Supporter. A Margate Caves supporter pack in the post - including a postcard, badge and stickers. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

The Caves Cheerleader. The Margate Caves belong to everyone that supports them. As a cheerleader we’ll give you access to an online folder with images from the archive, a history of the Caves, and details of our plans, so that you can share the story with friends online. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

The Caves Explorer. This one’s a bit special. A limited edition Margate Caves backpack, with postcard, badge, stickers and a specially-written Explorer’s Guide including a brief history of Margate Caves. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

The Caves Artist We’ll send you a limited edition A3 art print on heavyweight recycled brown card of an image from the Margate Caves archive, selected by artist and Caves Trustee Dan Thompson. He’ll sign and number every print. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website..

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

The Caves Friend. We’ll give you a colourful Caves tote bag, into which we’ll drop a postcard, badge, stickers and a specially-written Friends Guide including a history of the Caves - but we’ll give it to you in person. We’ll hold an event in autumn 2017 for our Caves Friends, when we’ll show you our plans in more detail. We'll thank you on our Facebook page. And we’ll list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

The Caves Archaeologist. Our archaeological dig will take place in summer-autumn 2017. Become part of the Margate Caves ‘Time Team’ for a day. Join us at an event in autumn 2017 for our Caves Friends, too.. And after the dig’s over, we’ll send you a copy of the archaeologists’ report. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

The Caves Teacher We really need to share the story of Margate Caves with a younger audience, as the site’s been closed since 2004. Your backing will deliver a session with a local school or community group. We’ll share photos from the session and credit you. And afterwards, send you a tote bag and goodies. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

The Caves Builder We’d love to meet you so we’ll invite you and a guest to an event in autumn 2017, when we’ll show you our plans in more detail. We’ll put your name on the wall in our new visitor centre. And invite you and a guest to see it at the VIP opening of our new building and the refurbished Margate Caves. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

£5,000 or more

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£5,000 Reward

The Caves VIP An evening for you and up to 10 friends in Margate Caves. We'll provide a warm welcome in our visitor centre - where you’ll find your name on the wall - before a private Caves tour. You’ll have to wait as we won’t be open until 2019 - so we’ll also invite you to visit the archaeological dig in 2017, and join us on site in 2018. We’ll thank you online and on our website too.

£25 or more

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£25 Reward

The Caves Shopper. Show your support for Margate with a colourful Caves tote bag, into which we’ll drop a postcard, badge and stickers. We’ll give you a massive thank you on our Facebook page. And list you on a special page thanking our supporters on our website.

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