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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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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Sensing Culture – FREE textile and mixed media workshops for adults with sight loss

Sensing Culture – FREE textile and mixed media workshops for adults with sight loss

If you are blind or partially sighted, enjoy heritage and would like to learn new skills inspired by collections at Canterbury Cathedral and  The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge  then you may be interested in the Sensing Culture textile and mixed media workshops.Starting on Friday 10th June and running on various dates until Monday 1st August there will be a number of morning…
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Cathedral treasures go out on loan

Cathedral treasures go out on loan

What do an old ship’s bell, a medieval book, some ancient slippers and a 20th Century painting have in common? They’re all objects from the Cathedral’s collections that will be going out on loan over the latter half of this year. From 24 hours to several months we will be sending precious and historically significant items out on display to…
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Anniversary Wall Clock

Anniversary Wall Clock

An unusual clock on the wall of the north-east transept was made to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of St Augustine’s arrival in Anglo-Saxon England in 597AD. Often referred to as St Augustine of Canterbury, he had been sent by Pope Gregory the Great to convert the country’s inhabitants to the Christian faith and was considered the first Archbishop of Canterbury,…
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The Reculver Columns

The Reculver Columns

  Anyone who has driven parallel to the North Kent coastline will be familiar with the imposing sight of the ruins of St Mary’s Church in Reculver. Located three miles east of Herne Bay, they stand tall and stark against the skyline, an unmistakeable local landmark. The name Reculver has come from Regulbium, in Celtic times meaning ‘at the promontory’,…
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Hubert Walter’s Silver Treasures

Hubert Walter’s Silver Treasures

As I have mentioned in a previous article, Archbishop Hubert Walter (died 1205), is a firm favourite with the Inventory Administrators. He led a colourful and exciting life and laid down some of the diplomatic and bureaucratic groundwork that his successor Stephen Langton would take up in the lead up to Magna Carta. Walter was able to wield uncommon power…
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