Some artwork from the Canterbury Pageant

Here is some of the artwork produced at the Beaney in Canterbury, during the Medieval Pageant.

Children show off their clay artwork

During the Medieval Pageant on 9th July we helped children and pageant visitors try their hand at making a pilgrim badge out of clay.  Here are some of the results, photographed by Maxine Clarke.

Canterbury became a shrine after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 – he was quickly made a saint, and miracles began to be reported at his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrims from Britain and Europe flocked to the city, hoping a visit would cure their ailments. As a result, the city prospered. Inns sprang
up to cater for them and the trade in pilgrim’s badges as souvenirs flourished.


Hands slicing up clay with a knife at the Beaney, Canterbury

Preparing the clay.


Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket

A completed badge

A completed badge


Francesca Lashmar also took these pictures at craft workshops which took place at various churches in Canterbury. As well as working with clay, young participants made stained glass windows from card and tissue paper.

Man talks to child in church craft workshop

Artist Christopher leads a workshop at St Peter’s

Two young girls craft objects out of clay

Making clay objects at St Peter’s

Some completed stained glass windows

Children and adults use tissue paper and card to make stained glass windows

Stained glass making at St Mildred’s

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