Historic treasures in London exhibition

Historic treasures in London exhibition

Treasures from Canterbury Cathedral’s collections are to feature in a major exhibition of medieval embroidery at the V&A Museum in London. Buskins (boots) and slippers belonging to 13th century Archbishop of Canterbury, Hubert Walter and the Black Prince’s jupon (tabard) and shield will be part of the  ‘Opus Anglicanum’ exhibition from 1 October until 5 February 2017. The buskins and slippers were recovered at the end of the…
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New display in the Crypt

New display in the Crypt

September 2016 marked the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, but few people know that almost 492 years ago (5 September 1174), a fire ravaged its way through Canterbury Cathedral. The story of this fire is the focus of a display in the Cathedral Crypt. The fire had started in cottages outside the walls of the Monastery but glowing embers spread undetected …
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A Window into the Devotions of Sixteenth-Century Reader

A Window into the Devotions of Sixteenth-Century Reader

This colourful frontispiece is reminiscent of a medieval stained glass window, an effect created by nine postage stamp-sized printed images, surmounted by Gothic style architectural forms with floriated dividers. The frontispiece has been added to the original vellum flyleaf of a beautifully crafted fifteenth-century manuscript Bible from the Cathedral Library’s collection (H/N-2-1); the images that customise it have been taken…
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An Elizabethan Almanac for August

An Elizabethan Almanac for August

An Elizabethan Almanac is the latest object to go on display in the Crypt. Almanacs are annual publications and were written for ordinary people. They were so popular during the 16th Century that almost every bookseller in London published them. This Almanac, although published in London, is specifically related to Canterbury. The pages on display are for August 1587. Written…
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Picture This: Elizabeth’s legacy

Picture This: Elizabeth’s legacy

Elizabeth I’s Enduring Legacy: Monarchy and Parliamentary Discourse in the late 17th Century  A Compleat Journal of the Votes, Speeches and Debates, Both of the House of Lords and House of Commons Throughout the Reign of Elizabeth, Of Glorious Memory (Printed 1693): Canterbury Cathedral Library, W/H-6-3 This month’s illustration depicts a scene which is still recognisable as a representation of…
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Cathedral stone auction

Cathedral stone auction

**UPDATE **The catalogue can be viewed online at http://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com  For those not able to attend on the day of the sale, it is possible to leave commission bids or bid live online. Please note there is no telephone bidding. Live bidding is through http://www.the-saleroom.com  which can be accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile telephone. Bidders need to register in…
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Cathedral Events and Activities Throughout the Summer

Cathedral Events and Activities Throughout the Summer

Travel back in time with medieval story tellers. Unearth the Cathedral’s hidden history in an archaeological dig. Create your very own gruesome gargoyle. There is a wide array of exciting activities at the Cathedral, and at outreach events at festivals across East Kent, this summer. From arts and crafts to archaeology and conservation, there’s something for everyone. Staring on 23 July, you…
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Steeple Cup on Display

Steeple Cup on Display

This month in the Crypt we have an early 17th Century Steeple Cup on display. One of our Archive assistants, Madylene Outen, tells us more about this fascinating piece. “Canterbury Cathedral cares for some of the silver collections of parishes in the diocese. Most of this is silver for use during the Communion. One such item in the Cathedral’s care…
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Summer Blooms – A Wonderful Transformation

Summer Blooms – A Wonderful Transformation

These intricate, coloured frontispieces introduce two volumes (1679 and 1683) of German-born Maria Sybilla Merian’s second published work Der Raupen Wunderbare Vervandeling und Sonderbare Blumen-nahrung (The Wonderful Transformation and Singular Plant-Food of Caterpillars). Female artists in the late seventeenth century were not unheard of; however, they did not enjoy the general freedom of subject matter, or the public appeal, of…
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Award recognises world importance of Canterbury Cathedral archive

Award recognises world importance of Canterbury Cathedral archive

Canterbury Cathedral’s medieval archive has received the international recognition of having “outstanding significance to the UK” and has been given a UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) award. The historically important archive, which includes some 17,000 items dating from the 9th century to 1540, is one of seven new UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) MoW inscriptions announced…
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