Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies

University and Cathedral renew collaborative working agreement

29 March 2017

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On 17 March, representatives from The University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral renewed the Memorandum of Understanding they first signed in 2014.

The signing ceremony took place in the Cathedral Archives & Library with Dr Simon Kirchin, Kent's Dean for the Humanities, and Canon Librarian The Revd Christopher Irvine ratifying the new three-year agreement.

The signing was attended by: Dr Juliette Pattinson, Head of the University's School of History; Cressida Williams, Head of Archives & Library, Canterbury Cathedral; Jeremy Carrette, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Culture and Head of the School of European Culture and Languages; Catherine Richardson, Professor of Early Modern Studies in the School of English; and John Sotillo, Kent's Director of Information Services, among others.

The first MOU resulted in a number of very successful projects. These included:

  • a Festival of Ideas ('Questions of Space') which presented a series of public interactive talks, walks, sights and sounds created by Humanities staff at Kent and hosted by the Cathedral;
    work opportunities and placements at the Cathedral for students;
    a number of research and public events around the Gateways to the First World War project;
    Shakespeare 400, with the University and the Cathedral, alongside other partners, offering a local view of the Bard's work.

The MOU also resulted in a strong and evolving relationship between the Cathedral and Kent's Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, as well as a close partnership between the Cathedral Archives & Library and the University's Special Collections & Archives.

Anticipated notable events and projects for the next three years include a second Festival of Ideas and the delivery of the Heritage Lottery-funded project 'The Canterbury Journey'.

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