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Black Prince Conference

Black Prince Conference

Canterbury Cathedral is proud to present its first Conservation and Collections Conference – The Black Prince: Man, Mortality & Myth on 16 – 17 November 2017.

This two-day conference will be attended by world renowned experts who have undertaken research into the Black Prince, his life, his legacy and material culture.

Delegates will have opportunities to visit the Cathedral Archives and Library to view documents and records relating to the Black Prince and to take part in special tours with access to rarely seen parts of the Cathedral.


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Wednesday 15th November 2017

An evening drinks reception and opportunity to join one of the following:

  • A candlelit tour and visit the Black Prince’s Chantry
  • A visit to the Cathedral Library
  • A climb up to the safety deck above the Nave to see the current conservation work

Delegates will need to be fit and able to climb stairs to participate in these tours.

Thursday 16th November 2017

Papers to be presented include:

  • A review of research on the Black Prince
  • An examination of chivalry, display and death
  • Remembrance, power and changing perspectives
  • Architecture and cultural depictions of the Black Prince and his family.

Evening of Thursday 16th November 2017

A special evening lecture in the Cathedral itself: ‘The architectural history of the Trinity Chapel and Crypt’

Location: The Cathedral’s Western Crypt

Friday 17th November 2017

The second day of the conference includes presentations on:

  • The Black Prince’s tomb, effigy and achievements, their place in military and social history
  • New information uncovered through recent conservation and scientific analysis
  • The art, symbolism and iconography of the Black Prince
  • 18th and 19th century representation


Speakers at the conference include:
Richard Barber, Professor Christopher Given-Wilson, Dr David Green, Dr Neil Murphy, Dr Francis Woodman, Dr Jessica Barker, Dr Godfried Croenen, Dr Rory Loughnane, Tim Tatton Brown, Dr Alan Williams, Emily Pegues, Graeme McArthur, Dr Tobias Capwell, Lisa Monnas, Yvette Fletcher, Marie-Louise Sauerberg, Dr Helen Howard, Lloyd de Beer, Sophie Kelly and Dr Barbara Gribling


If you have any questions, please contact the conference organisers at:

Canterbury Cathedral reserves the right to make changes to the programme without previous notification.

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