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Conservation Work Begins!






to promote, conserve and preserve the Shell Grotto as a unique historical monument

to advance education by raising awareness of the historical value of the site

to acquire, display, research and document historical artefacts and memorabilia

to research and document the origins and subsequent uses of the Grotto.

Our  Patron is Viscount Bangor.


Our Trustees are
Susan Marsh MBE (Chair) 

Mandy Wilkins BA (Hons) (Secretary)

Gretchen Cornwall (Liason - Web Master)

Claire Blackwell (Treasurer)

Frances Tobin


For more information on our Patron and Trustees click here.

We are already focussing on our first major fundraising project, the success of which is vital to the Grotto's future.

By placing the Grotto on their Buildings at Risk Register, English Heritage acknowledged the uncertain nature of the site's future. In the last year, Kent County Council and Thanet District Council have each committed 10,000
to conservation works, and this has already paid for essential maintenance to underground pipes, halting decades worth of damage to the shellwork in the Rotunda.

Now English Heritage has made an in-principle offer of over 75,000 towards further essential conservation works. These works would help to secure the Grotto's long-term future. However, there is a shortfall in funding of over 9,000 and the Friends of the Shell Grotto are committed to raising as much of this figure as possible.


You can help by joining us!






www.shellgrottofriends.org  2012