11
February
13.00-14.00
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Archaeology at Canterbury Cathedral

Archaeology at Canterbury Cathedral

by Nathalie Cohen FSA

Canterbury Cathedral is currently the site of a major conservation project, the Canterbury Journey – a five-year long project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  This project comprises repairs to the exterior fabric of the Nave and West Towers, wide-ranging landscaping and infrastructure works, the development of exhibition spaces to display previously unseen collection items (within the Water Tower, the Crypt Treasury and the Library Undercroft), a new Visitor Centre, Shop and Community Space, and conservation works to the Christchurch Gate.  Together with the physical works programme, the Cathedral is also developing new interpretation and volunteering opportunities, including a graffiti research project.   Alongside this there are also numerous other projects underway across the Cathedral and Precincts including work to install a new Quire Organ and Loft, a lift access in the Cloister and a new science building at the King’s School.  This talk is proposed to present some of the results of archaeological excavation and building recording to date (undertaken by the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and the Graffiti Survey Project), including work in the lay cemetery, the Nave and West Towers, parts of the Archbishops Palace, at Burgate, in the Archdeaconry and in the Eastern Crypt. 

In addition to this, 2020 is a significant year for Canterbury Cathedral – it will be 800 years since the translation of Archbishop Thomas Becket to the Trinity Chapel, 850 years since his martyrdom and 900 years since his birth in London.  This talk will also present an assessment of some of the spaces associated with Becket and examine some of the current research projects underway as part of this significant anniversary.