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Public Lecture: Research Religious Heritage at Kent

26th June 2018

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We warmly invite you to a special public talk about research on religious heritage that is currently being carried out at the University of Kent. This event brings together speakers from the Schools of Architecture, History and Anthropology and Conservation to discuss how different disciplines study heritage:

Dr Howard Griffin, School of Architecture – Virtual Reality at St. Augustine's Abbey:

How can architectural research help us better interpret religious heritage sites? This presentation discusses the development of the new virtual reality exhibit at St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, in which visitors experience a virtual tour through the ornate and brightly decorated buildings as they likely would have been in the early 16th century, just before their destruction by Henry VIII.

Dr Karen Jones, School of History – From Sacred Groves to Nature's Cathedrals:

How do different kinds of historical sources help us understand past religious environments? This presentation focuses on garden history and notions of the sacred in Canterbury Cathedral. Garden spaces and the different discourses that surround them have changed from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century – what can we learn about them from the illustrations of the Eadwine Psalter, and its depictions of the Cathedral's cloisters, medical garden and fish pond?

Dr Alanna Cant, School of Anthropology and Conservation – Restoration and Faith in a Mexican Monastery:

The presentation considers the restoration of a 16th century Dominican monastery in a rural village in Oaxaca, Mexico. It shows how the local Catholic community uses the site as a sacred space, while the conservation experts view it as a historic space. It highlights how these two perspectives are at times compatible but other times incompatible as the restoration project progresses.


Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, 18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2BD

20 July 2018, 3-5 pm, with coffee and tea served after the presentations.


Spaces are limited, so register for your FREE ticket at Eventbrite:


Event organised by Dr Alanna Cant, School of Anthropology and Conservation, through the University of Kent's Centre for Heritage at Kent.


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