Lecture Programme 2023/4

CHAS Is very pleased to announce the dates and venues of an exciting range to talks for 2023/24. Further details of each of the lectures and speakers will be provided to CHAS members later.

The first talk (September 2023) & last 3 talks (March – May 2024) will be held in person at St Paul’s Church (CT1 1NH).  For additional information on this new venue please click here.

Non-CHAS members are very welcome to attend any in-person talk for a one-off fee of £3.

The five meetings from October 2023 to February 2024 will be held via zoom.  All talks start at 7.00 pm (AGM at 6:30pm).

In addition there is the Frank Jenkins Memorial lecture organised jointly with Friends of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) which will take place at 6pm on Saturday March 23rd in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre in the Old Sessions House (Canterbury Christ Church University). Dr Alison Hicks (CAT) will give her annual review of the work of the Trust.

WEDNESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2023  (in person)

Music-Making in Eighteenth Century Canterbury

Dr Stephen Foster, Senior Lay Clerk, Canterbury Cathedral

WEDNESDAY 11th OCTOBER 2023 via zoom

 The William Urry Memorial Lecture. Medieval Medicine

Toni Mount MA, Author

WEDNESDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2023 via zoom

Reawakening the Maison Dieu (Dover)

Martin Crowther, Community Engagement Officer

WEDNESDAY 13th DECEMBER 2023 via zoom

Smuggling in Romney Marsh

Sue Duckworth, Canterbury City and Cathedral Guide

WEDNESDAY 10th JANUARY 2024 via zoom

The Story of the St Lawrence Cricket Ground

Jonathan Rice, Author, Chairman Kent Cricket Heritage Trust

WEDNESDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2024 via zoom

Lossenham Project: Landscape & Archaeology in the Weald

Dr Andrew Richardson FSA, Director Isle Heritage CIC

WEDNESDAY 13th MARCH 2024 (in person)

Annual General Meeting 6.30pm followed by lecture at 7pm

From Canterbury to America: Mayflower Pilgrims and other 17th Century Emigrants

Dr Doreen Rosman, Lecturer, Author and Guide

WEDNESDAY 10th April 2024 (in person)

When Kent said NO to Napoleon, 1804 & Invasion of England

Mansell Jagger, Ex Planning Director, Canterbury City Council

WEDNESDAY 8th May 2024 (in person)

The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestickmaker; Who lived in Canterbury in 1641?

Jackie Eales, Emeritus Professor Canterbury Christ Church University

SATURDAY 23rd March 6pm – The Frank Jenkins Memorial Lecture: the Annual Review of the work of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust to be given by Dr Alison Hicks, Director in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre (Old Sessions House)

For other talks and meetings that may be of interest but are not organised by CHAS please click here.

Summer Events 2024

CHAS has arranged two separate events during the summer of 2024. The dates are June 29th and July 8th. Further details are available here. These events are exclusive to CHAS members and friends. Emails will be sent out to CHAS members with further details including how to reserve a place.

SATURDAY MAY 20th 2023 2:30pm

Guided Musical History Walk of Canterbury followed by Tea and Cake

All 25 spaces have been taken and booking for this event is now closed. To read a report on this event please click here

FRIDAY July 14th 2023 1:30pm Meet outside Mint Yard Gate

Guided walk round King’s School.

Peter Henderson (former King’s School Teacher and School Archivist) led the guided walk, which included the Mint Yard and the Memorial Court (by the Norman staircase) Palace Court (around Shirley Hall), the Green Court, and the boarding houses on the north-east of the Cathedral (accessed via the Dark Entry).   To read a report on this walk please click here.

Recent CHAS Meetings

Our meetings restarted on Wednesday 12th October 2022 and we had some great speakers and topics. All lectures (except the Frank Jenkins Memorial lecture in March) tookplace via zoom and links were sent to members approximately one week in advance.

WEDNESDAY 12th OCTOBER 2022 7:00pm 

The life of a Town Clerk: is s/he now redundant? 

Chris Gay, MBE, Former Chief Executive Canterbury City Council

WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2022 7:00pm 

Conflicting Convictions: The martyrs of Tudor Canterbury 

Dr Doreen Rosman (University of Kent Retired and Author)

WEDNESDAY 14th DECEMBER 2022 7:00pm 

Hopping in Kent 

Sue Duckworth, British Guild of Tourist Guides 

WEDNESDAY 11th JANUARY 2023 7:00pm

Medieval Housewives

Toni Mount, MA. Author of “Every day life in Medieval London” and “The Medieval Housewife”

WEDNESDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2023 7:00pm 

Recent Archaeological Findings in Thanington 

Dr Richard Helm, Canterbury Archaeological Trust

WEDNESDAY 8th MARCH 2023 6:30pm  

Annual General Meeting

WEDNESDAY 8th MARCH 2023 7:00pm 

Walloons and Huguenots in East Kent

Jennifer Watson-Bore. Blue badge Guide for London and South East

SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2023 6:00pm The Michael Berry Lecture Theatre in Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christchurch University

Annual Review of the work of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT)

(Frank Jenkins Memorial Lecture held jointly with CAT)

Dr Alison Hicks. Director of CAT