HIS­TORIC GRAF­FITI HUNT

Kent Life - - The Insider’s Guide -

Trained vol­un­teers (see Lucy O’Con­nor and Fiona Ken­ning at work, right) are tak­ing part in a new project to record some of the cu­ri­ous and fas­ci­nat­ing his­toric graf­fiti in Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral. The team of nine started the pi­lot study after train­ing by the Cathe­dral’s ar­chae­ol­o­gist Nathalie Co­hen and Matt Cham­pion, the UK’s lead­ing his­toric graf­fiti ex­pert.

The project is part of the Learn­ing and Par­tic­i­pa­tion work of The Can­ter­bury Jour­ney, the Cathe­dral’s £24.7m pro­gramme to con­serve and safe­guard the build­ing and im­prove ac­cess to its col­lec­tions and her­itage.

The Cathe­dral’s vast amount of his­toric graf­fiti was iden­ti­fied fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion car­ried out at the be­gin­ning of The Can­ter­bury Jour­ney as be­ing of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est with younger vis­i­tors, artists and his­to­ri­ans.

As the vol­un­teers gather data about the graf­fiti and im­ages, they will also be cre­at­ing a re­source of in­for­ma­tion to be shared with the pub­lic through a pro­gramme of talks, tours and on­line ac­tiv­i­ties.

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