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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Bishop Consecration at Cathedral

Bishop Consecration at Cathedral

Two new Bishops were Ordained and Consecrated at a special service in Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday (29th June). The Venerable Janet Elizabeth McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich and the Reverend Canon Dr Joanne Caladine Bailey Wells became The Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby and the Bishop of Dorking in the Diocese of Guildford respectively. Those who are ordained…
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Canterbury Cathedral grasses at Hampton Court

Canterbury Cathedral grasses at Hampton Court

Canterbury Cathedral’s head gardener Philip Oostenbrink is to be an exhibitor at the world’s biggest annual flower show next month. Philip, who has been in charge of the Cathedral gardens for the last two years, will be displaying a registered National Plant Collection® of hakone grasses at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 5 -10 July. Philip’s love of…
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Two new Honorary Canons Installed at Canterbury Cathedral

Two new Honorary Canons Installed at Canterbury Cathedral

Two new Honorary Canons were installed as members of the Canterbury Cathedral Foundation on Saturday (25 June 2016). Revd Sarah Chapman, chaplain to the Living Welll based at Nonington near Dover and also Diocesan Healing and Wholeness Adviser and Revd John Corbyn, vicar of Bearsted with Thurnham, were admitted to the Foundation during Choral Evensong by the Bishop of Dover,…
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New Welcome Centre plans

New Welcome Centre plans

Plans have been submitted for an exciting development to improve the welcome area for visitors to Canterbury Cathedral. The plan for a new Welcome Centre (see artistic image right) including a viewing gallery and community space, has been lodged with Canterbury City Council and is part of The Canterbury Journey project, currently the subject of a detailed application to the Heritage…
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Money raised for worthy causes

Money raised for worthy causes

Geraldine the cow paid a visit to Canterbury Cathedral to collect a cheque on behalf of the Send a Cow charity when money was presented to three organisations from our Open Gardens weekend in May. More than £14,000 was raised during the event and this was shared between Send a Cow, L’Arche, the charity that supports people with learning disabilities, and the National Garden…
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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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Patron’s Lunch

Patron’s Lunch

  On Sunday 12 June 2016, The Mall in London was transformed to hold the biggest street party ever to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen and her patronage of over 600 charities and organisations. The Queen has been First Friend on the Roll of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral since 1952. It was an enthusiastic group…
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Canterbury’s support for Jerusalem

Canterbury’s support for Jerusalem

Canterbury Cathedral’s congregation and community have been thanked after members raised money to buy 300 hymn books for St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. During a visit to the Holy Land two representatives of Canterbury Cathedral spotted that hymn books bought previously for the Anglican cathedral in Jerusalem were in need of replacement, The Canterbury community was invited to sponsor hymn…
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