The Dover Bronze Age boat dates back to between 1575 – 1520 BC. The boat was made using oak planks sewn together with yew lashings. The boat was discovered on the 28th September 1992 by construction workers building the A20 road link between Folkestone and Dover. Supported by staff from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, the workers spent a month excavating and removing 9.5 metres of boat from the mud. Today, the remains of the boat and a modern day replica can be viewed in Dover Museum.

A Bronze Age project for Key Stages 1 & 2

Canterbury Archaeological Trust Bronze Age Boat Kits

Schools interested in planning a Bronze Age project for their pupils should contact the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and request to borrow one of the twelve CAT Boat kits.

  • Teaching Guide with a summary of the Dover Boat discovery, a Bronze Age themed scheme of work written by CAT and Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Education, examples of Bronze Age sites in France, England and Belgium illustrating similar cultures and a section about Archaeology and 21st century processes used to investigate the past.
  • USB pen with images, the scheme of work, some short, informative and entertaining videos and a nice animation showing how to build a prehistoric house.
  • Replica bronze axe, pottery ‘Beaker’ and bronze dress pin to show pupils the skills our ancestors were capable of 3,500 years ago and the materials available to them.
  • Catalogue from the ‘BOAT 1550 BC’ exhibition describing the shared cultural practices between Northern France, Kent and Flanders in the Bronze Age, with some key discoveries illustrated.
  • Other items for simple activities around the work of archaeologists.

Dover Museum – An opportunity to view the Bronze Age Boat!

dover museum Dover Museum is situated in the centre of the town. The original boat and a modern replica can be viewed in the Museum. For information about The Museum Learning Programme and how to book a visit, please contact

Taking part in a web conference about The Dover Bronze Age Boat

Throughout the year, schools will have the opportunity to take part in a flashmeeting web conference about the origins and story of The Dover Boat with members of the Before 1066 and all that! Team.

Each web conference will last approximately 30 minutes. In advance of the web conference, pupils will be expected to prepare questions to ask. Following the web conference, pupils will be set a literacy and art task to complete about The Bronze Age Boat.

For more information about this activity, please contact