The Unseen Heard

Walking piece details

Duration 45 minutes
Cost Free

5 Waterloo Place - Anne Kinton, 1861

CC-BY-NC: LaraBand

This geo-located sound trail gives glimpses into the working lives of 19th and early 20th century women in the coastal town of Ramsgate, Kent, Uk. It’s based mainly on census data plus a little literary licence and was originally created for POW!, Thanet’s Power of Women festival, 2021. Through 10 mini soundscapes along the route the listener, cast as a census enumerator, can find out more about people such as Elizabeth Shannon, newly widowed in 1891 with nine children to look after, running a Dining Rooms with her sister. Or Harriet Tomson, who for around 20 was Brewer and Malster for Tomson’s brewery, the oldest brewery in England until its aquisition and closure by Whitbread and Co Ltd in 1968.

It’s available via the free app Soundtrails ( After downloading Soundtrails from Play Store or App Store tap on the three horizontal lines at the top left, select Sandpit and enter the code 16FQ.

Thanks to Grace Conium, Ellie Williams, Tijana Cvetkovic, Nicky Shreeve, Marian, Louise Davison, Bridget Edgar, Ruth Clasper, Harriet Grey, Deryn Watts and Lawrence Northall for bringing the voices alive.



I'm a Lead Archaeologist for CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network). I'm interested in later historical and contemporary archaeology, and art/archaeology crossovers that make archaeology relevant, useful and interesting to the wid...

Near Ramsgate, UK

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