The Cathedral has renewed its collaborative working agreement with the University of Kent.
Representatives from both renewed a Memorandum of Understanding they had first signed in 2014. The signing ceremony took place on 17 March in the Cathedral Archives & Library with Professor Simon Kirchin, Kent’s Dean for the Humanities, and Canon Librarian The Revd Christopher Irvine ratifying the new three-year agreement.
The first MOU resulted in a number of very successful projects. These included:
- a Festival of Ideas (‘Questions of Space’) which presented a series of public interactive talks, walks, sights and sounds created by Humanities staff at Kent and hosted by the Cathedral;
- work opportunities and placements at the Cathedral for students;
- a number of research and public events around the Gateways to the First World War project;
- Shakespeare 400, with the University and the Cathedral, alongside other partners, offering a local view of the bard’s work.
The MOU also resulted in a strong and evolving relationship between the Cathedral and Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, as well as a close partnership between the Cathedral Archives & Library and the University’s Special Collections and Archives.
Anticipated notable events and projects for the next three years include a second Festival of Ideas and helping to deliver the Heritage Lottery Fund development ‘The Canterbury Journey’.
Canon Irvine said: ‘The MOU between the Cathedral and the University of Kent has proved to be a significant catalyst in drawing our two communities together, and we are delighted that it has been renewed for a further three years. The Cathedral has always been a centre of learning and discovery, and our relationship with the University certainly enhances this aspect of the Cathedral’s ministry.’
Professor Kirchin commented: ‘The MOU with the Cathedral has laid the groundwork for many fantastic events over the past three years, and has really enhanced all our ongoing education and research work with them. We are all looking forward to the next three years, when many more great projects are planned.’
In the photograph above, Canon Irvine and Professor Kirchin sign the MOU with University colleagues and Head of Cathedral Archives and Library Cressida Williams (centre) and Cathedral Receiver General Martin Atherton (far right).