HISTORIC GRAFFITI HUNT
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.