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The Black Prince: Man, Mortality and Myth

November 15, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Canterbury Cathedral

11 The Precincts
Canterbury CT12EH
United Kingdom

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Canterbury Cathedral is proud to present its first Conservation and Collections Conference – The Black Prince: Man, Mortality & Myth 16 and 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 to visit the Black Prince's Chantry
  • A visit to the Cathedral Library
  • A climb up to the Nave roof 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 and those examining chivalry, display and death, remembrance, power and changing perspectives and architecture and cultural depictions of the Black Prince and his family.

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 and papers examining new information uncovered through recent conservation and scientific analysis. There will also be presentations on the art, symbolism and iconography of the Black Prince and his place in the history of the 18th and 19th centuries.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organisers

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

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November 9, 2017, 9:00am BST

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