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.
Stop press! CKHH receives a nomination for an award in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Community’ category at CCCU. So well done Claire and Diane this is richly deserved for our great team.
I thought I would start this week by saying that I really like the display in the CCCU Bookshop front window for Marc Morris’ new book due out on 20 May For as well as Marc’s very striking cover for his The Anglo-Saxons. A History of the Beginnings of England, Craig also has a couple of artefacts as part of the display that shout out ‘Anglo-Saxon’.
I thought I would begin with some great news. Dean Irwin is now Dr Dean Irwin. Very many congratulations Dean, that is brilliant for medieval Jewish studies. Secondly, although Janet Clayton is not yet back home, she is making good progress recovering from her fall at Scadbury. All the Kent History Postgraduates again send their very best wishes, as do those from the Centre – we hope you are able to return home soon and make a full recovery!
I thought I would start with a couple of news items, especially Thomas Becket: Life, Death and Legacy, a three-day online conference organised by the HLF-funded Canterbury Journey team at Canterbury Cathedral, with staff at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 April. The conference programme is now available on the website: https://becket2020.com/ and any questions, please email: email@example.com Standard Tickets are £25 per day and for students the day rate is £10.
Stop Press: the Centre’s first online event on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, the FREE Kentish Book Culture book launch, is now up on the university’s website and can be booked at: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-culture/event-details.aspx?instance=332606 Please note that the booking email will contain the text ‘You will receive access details for the event nearer the time.’ Kellie will email out the URL and instructions a day or two in advance to give people who haven’t used Teams before a chance to get to grips with it. Moreover, if you have used Zoom, it is not that different and any experience you have had with one system will be useful for the other.
Today we reached ‘Y’ in the Heritage A – Z so if you would like to find out about the difference between Irish and English yews, then check this out: https://medium.com/the-christ-church-heritage-a-to-z/y-is-for-yew-9f06b2fb5dca and you can see what I have written for our penultimate letter.
Last night a packed lecture theatre of students, staff and the public were treated to a great lecture by Paul Bennett, Visiting Professor of Archaeology in the Centre for Kent History and Heritage at CCCU, but I just want to mention another couple of things before I get to his talk.
As in 2016, probably the high point this year for the Centre was the History Weekend in early April, which in 2017 featured the Tudors and Stuarts and was a joint venture with the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library.
Before I give a brief report on Professor Paul Bennett’s fascinating ‘Part Two’ of his inaugural professorial lecture, I thought I would mention a few events the Centre is running in early 2018 and also the ‘Picture this …’ Advent entry for today: www.canterbury-cathedral.org/heritage/archives/picture-this/summer-blooms-a-wonderful-transformation/ and what could be better than flowers in summer?