To a degree this is a catch up week in that there were the final three talks for Kentish Saints and Martyrs and the Nightingale Lecture, as well as Dr Diane Heath’s stall at the Ash Heritage Centre 10th anniversary celebration last Saturday and a meeting of the Lossenham Project History group coming up this Friday. After that, we have a slight breather before the Centre’s events at the Canterbury Festival: six online evening events, with Diane’s talk also being face to face and my two guided walks in conjunction with FCAT. Oh, and the book launch at Faversham Guildhall of Maritime Kent through the Ages which is also coming up soon.
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.
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.
As this is the last blog from the Centre before a three-week break, I thought I would mention some events that will be taking place across the county before turning to short notices on what has happened this week, including the last Kent History Postgraduates group meeting of this academic year.
Due to wanting to check a statistic that I had seen in a report, I thought I would do my own calculation because the number seemed wrong. As a result, I can report that the total views of the Centre’s blog since its start in late 2015 are now approaching half a million. So thanks very much to everyone who has viewed it and even more to those of you who are regular viewers, we appreciate your company!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Standard Tickets are £25 per day and for students the day rate is £10.
We have now started the countdown to the online Tudors and Stuarts History Weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March having had the first practice with one of our speakers this morning. Currently Dr Diane Heath, Toby Charlton-Taylor and I have another tomorrow and three scheduled for Friday with the rest to take place next week.
Before I get to the Lunch Time Lectures – today and next week, I thought I would bring you some exciting news about the Becket 2020 online conference, the Manorial Register for Kent, and the CHAS online conference coming up shortly, as well as just briefly mentioning that there is now a small group working on medieval and early modern wills for Newenden and surrounding parishes as part of the Lossenham project. We had our first online meeting this week and everyone is enthusiastic with work having already started and we are now going up a gear – more on this in future weeks and thanks to everyone involved.
I thought I would first bring news of the next and hopefully last online events the Centre will be running as we inch towards getting back to physical rather than virtual events. Again, please come and join us for Professor Paul Bennett’s Becket Lecture next Wednesday 16 December starting at 7pm.