Echoes: sound mirrors exhibition

10/09/2020  |  noon

East Cliff Bandstand, Wellington Crescent, Ramsgate


                                  Hythe 30ft sound mirror (image CITiZAN - thumbnail image National Trust)


This exhibition assesses the history of Kent's coastal sound mirrors & their role in an unusual history of acoustic detection, for which the East Kent Coast played such a crucial part.


It does this by looking a number of sound mirror sites in Kent, assessing the archaeology present & exploring the stories behind it. The majority of the surviving features at these sites are suffering at the hands of forces of erosion, two are at risk of possible destruction & at least one has been destroyed completely with no trace remaining.


Alongside the display will be a sound-piece formed of field recordings from surviving sound mirrors & a live input into specially constructed experimental sound reflectors, which the public are invited to interact with as part of the display. Social distancing measures will be in place.


The event will feature a launch with a talk by Peter Osborne planned to take place at the bandstand on the evening of the 9th at 17.00. For free tickets to the talk please go to:



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