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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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Canterbury Festival 2016

Canterbury Festival 2016

The Canterbury Festival, Kent’s International Arts Festival, begins on Saturday 15 October and offers three weeks of a hugely varied programme of events including music, theatre, science, exhibitions, walks and talks. Canterbury Cathedral and the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge hotel will host a number of the events starting with the Festival Parade which will leave from the Postern Gate at 12.00 hrs on…
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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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Girls’ Choir auditions

Girls’ Choir auditions

An exciting opportunity to join the Girls’ Choir of Canterbury Cathedral is being offered to girls currently in year 8 at school. It is the chance to sing at regular services in one of the world’s most historic buildings as well as at special occasions in the life of the Cathedral. The choir was formed in 2014 and is made up of 21 girls aged between…
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Cricket success in Canterbury

Cricket success in Canterbury

The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis presents the winner’s trophy to Steve Gray, captain of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI, following a cricket match with a team representing the Vatican. The home side batted to a 63-run victory over a St Peter’s XI in a Twenty20 match at the Kent County Cricket Club on Tuesday. The series began in…
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New Archdeacon of Canterbury

New Archdeacon of Canterbury

The Very Revd Jo Kelly-Moore has been appointed as the next as the next Archdeacon of Canterbury. Jo has been Dean of Auckland, New Zealand since August 2010 during which time she led a $14.9m project to complete and consecrate Holy Trinity Cathedral, as well as sustaining her involvement in the civic life of Auckland. She moved into that role…
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Cathedral Choir to sing in Rome

Cathedral Choir to sing in Rome

Canterbury Cathedral Choir has been given the honour of singing at a special service in Rome next month attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope. The 21 boys and 12 lay clerks (adult members of choir) will join the Sistine Chapel Choir at the service which will combine elements of Anglican Evensong and Catholic Vespers. The service on…
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Stone Auction catalogue on sale

Stone Auction catalogue on sale

The catalogue has been published listing the stone from Canterbury Cathedral’s Great South Window to be sold at a fund-raising auction at 14.00 hrs on Saturday 24 September. Produced by The Canterbury Auction Galleries, which is running the auction for the Cathedral, the 64-page catalogue features photographs and details of the 140 lots  as well as information about the sale…
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Cathedral Open Evening

Cathedral Open Evening

Our annual open evening returns with a wide array of activities and displays on offer as we invite you to see behind-the-scenes at Canterbury Cathedral. You can join us for Evensong and then speak to some of the Cathedral staff and learn more about the day-to-day running of the Cathedral, or come along at 18.15 hrs to take part in…
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Art Conversation

Art Conversation

  Winifred Knights The Life of St Martin of Tours Art Historian and Theologian, Dr Ayla Lepine (pictured left), will be in conversation with the Cathedral’s Canon Librarian, Revd Canon Christopher Irvine (pictured below). The evening will explore the altarpiece painting (above) in the context of one of the UK’s overlooked and significant 20th century artists. Dr Lepine is an art historian at…
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Patrick Williams Concert – Flute, Soprano And Piano Recital

Patrick Williams Concert – Flute, Soprano And Piano Recital

This year’s Flute And Piano Recital, to be performed by Patrick Williams and Stephen Barlow, marks the 10th anniversary in an annual series of recitals given in the Cathedral’s Eastern Crypt. Since 2006, Patrick and Stephen have constructed programmes dedicated to the atmosphere to be experienced in this, the oldest part of the Cathedral. In addition to performing established works…
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