The Society has limited funds available to award a grant to individuals researching any aspect of the history and archaeology of Canterbury and its surrounding area. It is envisaged that a grant will not normally exceed £500.  Preference will be given to work resulting in publication in any media.


For details of the award scheme for 2017 please click here - closing date is 30th June 2017.


Grants awarded for 2014-2015


As part of our remit to encourage and support historical and archaeological research, we are happy to announce that two applications were successful last year:


Stephen Palmer is working to complete his PhD at the University of Kent on relations between the City of Canterbury and the Church during the 1530s and has been awarded £400 to help with the costs of visiting the National Archives at Kew, the British Library and the Kent Archives at Maidstone. His university grant has ended and he is funding himself for this final year so CHAS is happy to be able to help.


Dorota Drewniak-Kaczmarczyk is a Polish architect who is funding herself to complete a PhD at the University of Kent on the uses of redundant churches in Kent, particularly the redundant church in Dunkirk and the closed Methodist church in Boughton. She has been awarded £100  towards the purchase of a tablet which she needs for photography and processing data. CHAS has limited funds and would like to do more to help those who are increasing our knowledge of our past, safeguarding it for the future. We would be very happy to pass on donations to either of this year’s applicants, should you wish to help.



Award for 2015-2016


Laura Ware Adlington is undertaking a PhD at UCL Institute of Archaeology entitled "Investigation of technology, production and deterioration of medieval stained glass using handheld pXRF". She has developed a technique employing portable X-ray Fluorescence (pXRF, a non destructive, on-site method

of chemical analysis) for the study, which will include Canterbury Cathedral. She will investigate the technical choices and the organisation of artistic production of glass painters in 12th/13thC Canterbury; she will identify the colours and the sources of the different glass colours present. Medieval stained glasses are especially prone to decay and Laura hopes that her technique will be of use to the conservators in the future.



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