Public lecture series to explore Canterbury Cathedral windows

Experts from the University will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass windows in a series of special lectures during 2019.

This will include an opportunity to view the windows before hearing about how they were made, the stories they tell, the biblical figures they illustrate and their relevance today.

The series, entitled See Through Stories: Windows on the World, begins on 1 May and is a collaboration between the University’s School of European Culture and Languages, VCS (Visual Commentary on Scripture) of King’s College London and Canterbury Cathedral.

The first talk Who do you think you are?: The use of genealogies in the Construction of Identity from the bible to the BBC by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris begins at 19.00 on Wednesday 1 May in the Clagett Auditorium, Cathedral Lodge.

Tickets should be booked in advance and are priced at £8 each or £35 for the series. Teachers and students (school and university) can pre-book free tickets by e-mailing​

Professor Yvonne Sherwood, at Kent’s Department of Religious Studies said: ‘Each speaker will use the beautiful twelfth Century Bible windows in Canterbury Cathedral to reflect on ethical and philosophical questions. After the fire at Notre Dame, there has seldom been a more timely moment to visit our local Cathedral.’

The complete programme is available at