I thought I would start with some very good news. We at the Centre are very grateful to the Kent Archaeological Society for boosting the Ian Coulson Memorial Postgraduate Award Fund with a considerable donation from a legacy of a former KAS member. This will provide a significant financial contribution for a full-time doctoral student working on a Medway history topic for three years.
It has been fantastic to see the response to Dr Diane Heath’s NHLF ‘Medieval Animals Heritage’ project and as the project progresses, she will be reporting through the Centre’s blog and the project’s own website.
The Centre’s blog is back! Even though it might have been more of a busman’s holiday than a complete break, it was an enjoyable change. For this week, I’m going to bring you up-to-date on the ‘Becket mazer’ and head over to Lossenham for a spot of digging, but first I want to reiterate information about the ‘Kentish Saints and Martyrs’ lecture series, as well as mention the Michael Nightingale Memorial Lecture, the pre-Canterbury Festival talk and that the ‘medieval Dover’ blog for Dr Claire Bartram’s IHR Centenary Event is done and ready to go.
Just to let you know, Dr Ben Marsh’s presentation on ‘Gateways to Empire: Figuring Out Kent’s Black Histories, c.1550-1800’ is now all set up forTuesday 20 July at 7pm on Teams Live Events. I’ll put the link in next week’s blog and then again the week after. Don’t worry if you have not used Teams before or don’t have it on your device, that’s not needed because you can watch it anonymously on the web and I’ll provide instructions next week. It is going to be fascinating, so please do save the date and time.
This week I want to start with an event that took place at Smithfield just over 640 years ago because it was great that BBC Radio Kent had noticed that yesterday (15 June) marked the violent death of Wat Tyler, one of the iconic leaders of the Great Rising, or what the Victorians called the Peasants’ Revolt.
Many congratulations to Dr Claire Bartram for gaining TWO IHR Centenary Partnership Event grants, this is fantastic news: https://www.history.ac.uk/our-century/centenary-partnership-events and please see details below.
As promised, I’m bringing news of ongoing projects involving Centre staff and without putting any pressure on Dr Diane Heath, I believe her HLF application for her ‘Medieval Animals Heritage’ project will be submitted this week. This is brilliant news because this project on dragons, mermaids, lions and pelicans (and other animals) has the potential to bring wellbeing and spiritual uplift to east Kent, much as these animals did around 800 to 900 years ago.
Another busy week but I thought I would start with the Tudors and Stuarts History Weekend 2021 to say the web site has gone live for bookings, and Matthew will set it up more fully early in January. Please do check it out because we have great speakers and fascinating topics: canterbury.ac.uk/tudors-stuarts
Having caught up with Dr Claire Bartram, as Co-Director of the Centre, and Dr Diane Heath, the Centre’s Research Fellow, I thought I would report on their involvement with the forthcoming Medieval Pageant on Saturday 4 July (the closest Saturday to the Translation of St Thomas on 7 July), which this year will be a virtual experience: https://www.canterburybid.co.uk/canterbury-medieval-pageant/ . Working with the Medieval Pageant team, Claire has been liaising between them and the Creative Writing staff and students at CCCU on some short creative pieces that relate to Thomas Becket.
This week I’m exploring what we have planned for 2020.