As an interdisciplinary
centre we draw our staff from a number of schools and departments
including History, English, Architecture, Classical & Archaeological
Studies, and History of Art. This makes for a lively research community and a
broad range of research projects.
Recent studies have included:
Cultural Lives of the Middling Sort; Writing and Material Culture 1560-1660
Witness – The Interrogation of Physical Objects for Humanities Researchers
- DocExplore – Discovering
and Augmenting Historical Documents in the Digital Age.
Academic members of the MEMS community regularly
organise high-profile exhibitions, contribute to the press, and publish in
high-quality journals and university presses.
Our staff have won research awards from a range of
prestigious funding bodies, including the:
- European Research Council (ERC)
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Leverhulme Trust.
staff and students regularly contribute to projects that impact upon the lives
of members of the local community, as well as internationally. For the past two
years, a team of MEMS students has been transcribing and translating medieval
documents held in Canterbury Cathedral’s Library and Archives, for display as
part of a major new public exhibition ‘The Canterbury
Journey’. Opening in 2020, visitors from all over the world will explore the
story of Canterbury Cathedral, from its origins to its continued importance
Our students also regularly contribute articles to ‘Picture this’ – an
exhibition which enables the public to have an enhanced insight into the
collections of Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library. As part of this exciting initiative, MEMS
students write and submit an article on a chosen artefact or an image from
Canterbury Cathedral’s Archives and Library collections. A new article is
published on the Cathedral’s website each month.