The members are a unique mixture of the practical and academic. On the active side they explore and survey underground features for which they have the necessary skills and equipment. Some projects call for technical expertise in the use of pumps, winches, timbering, etc. Safety is a very big feature in the Group's activities and new members are taught the skills by others with many years' experience. On the academic side, they carry out research into old records as well as talking to elderly residents whose memories are invaluable. All these skills are brought together to publish the history of sites in the Group's Research Reports. Every member has something to contribute regardless of age, ability or fitness.
The Group produces regular Newsletters and Research Reports are occasionally produced on specific subjects where they are large enough to warrant it. There is an Institutional (Subscriber) Membership for organisations such as libraries which wish to receive the publications only. Although individual projects are encouraged, the Group organises field meetings during the year to sites of interest as well as social events.
The Group is willing, at short notice, to visit sites where they can advise on the origin and extent of an underground feature. Although they concentrate on Kent, the Group has been called out to places as far away as Sussex and Berkshire. There are a number of Field Officers who carry out the initial visit and, if further work is needed, they will arrange for other members to join them to carry out exploration and surveys.
A copy of our Underground Investigation Procedures and Safety Protocols can be found here. Document KURG Protocol (PDF, 1MB)
Requests for assistance or further details of the Group should be sent to the Secretary.