Thomas Becket – World Celebrity Healer
Focusing on mental and physical health and wellbeing, The Beaney will present a major community creative project in the context of Becket’s story and Canterbury pilgrimage. Miracles after Becket’s murder, recorded in stained glass, led to Europe-wide spread of relics and images, making Becket an acclaimed celebrity. As well as presenting this story, displays will explore Becket’s fame as a symbol of conflict between Church and state, and themes such as hope, conscience, and duty. Photographs, designs, and cartoons will feature portrayals in theatre and film from Henry Irving to Richard Burton, and writers including Tennyson and Eliot creating Becket’s enduring legacy as a rebel.