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The Friends of Margate Caves is a member of The Margate Caves Community Education Trust, which is a registered charity, no 1155904. 
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Secret Postcard Auction

Artists are invited to create original postcard-sized artworks to feature in an exhibition and auction of work by new and internationally-acclaimed artists, illustrators and designers. The profits from all sales will support the reopening of the historic Margate Caves.

Reflecting the mysteries of the Caves, postcards will be exhibited with the artist’s name kept secret. Past exhibitors in the annual Margate event (which has supported a range of charities) include Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Paul Hazelton, Quentin Blake, Zandra Rhodes  Vic Reeves, and Dawn Cole.

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A successful Caves Crowdfunder

Six weeks ago, The Margate Caves Community Education Trust launched our first Crowdfunder.

Thanks to 166 pledges, ranging from £1 to £1000, we raised over £10,000 which means we can now start our activity programme ahead of the build. This is really important work. We will now meet and work with a range of local people, groups and organisations to make sure we deliver exactly what they want on the site - from the interpretation across the site, to the gardens behind, and from the menu in the cafe to the activity in the community rooms. That's what those pledges will support, and it's why they are so important.

Our archaeology plan is now with Kent County Council, and once they've signed off we'll have the Trust for Thanet Archaeology at work on the site.

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Margate Caves secures National Lottery investment, will reopen in 2019

Following a six-year campaign, The Margate Caves Community Education Trust is delighted to announce that the future of the historic Margate Caves is secure, thanks to a grant of £1,115,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed today.

The group announced its success in securing more than £420,000 in funds from the Big Lottery Fund last year, so the HLF grant award announced today takes the project total to over £1.5million of funding raised by National Lottery players. The Trust will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign today, to support a programme of activity during the run up to reopening the Caves.

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Margate Caves on ITV news

Dan Thompson on ITV News

As we get ready to hear whether our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund's been successful (we'll know early in March), the media interest in our plans for Margate Caves is picking up.

Here's trustee Dan Thompson on ITV's Meridian News talking about what happens next




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