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It's Time for a Historical Adventure!

Welcome to CEMA

CEMA is the home of pan-historical live experimentation, focused on military attack and defence over the ages. From the Roman period to the Second World War, we aim explore soldiers’ day-to-day lives through practical experimentation.

Our first project was to build a replica WWI trench system based on Railway Wood, Ypres, which is currently open to the public at the Kent Showground. The site itself has a rich military heritage with more than 2000 years of history that we aim to uncover!

CEMA works in collaboration with the University of Kent and Wessex Archaeology to provide research and educational experiences for schools, army recruits and fellow historians. We are also available to hire for private groups and film production organisations.

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Our Services


School Visits

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Private Groups


Hire for Film & Media


Home Educators

"CEMA did an excellent job in putting on a range of activities and presentations for 100 of our Year 9 pupils. All the presenters were excellent, had a very good rapport with the pupils, and covered a wide range of Great War topics including food and medicine. The reconstructed trench was a real highlight, and more authentic looking in fact, than anything you’ll see in Flanders. Having taken pupils on various history trips for over 30 years, this was right up there amongst the best of them. If you can’t get to France or Belgium and/or want a UK-based alternative, then this is very much the best thing."

Simon Lemieux

Head of History and Politics, The Portsmouth Grammar School

Work with us

CEMA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers and donations to help us maintain our current projects and to help build future ones!


Letters Home - A short film by The Royal Navy for Remembrance 2022.
Filmed partly on location at our trench. 

Find Us

We are based at the Kent Show Ground

(Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF)

on the A249, just off the M2 and M20.

Contact Us

CEMA Detling Hill, Maidstone ME14 3JE England

+44779 967 7712

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