Kent School of Architecture and Planning MSc Architectural Conservation students recently visited restricted areas of Canterbury Cathedral.
Student, Chandler Hamilton, writes, ‘We had the chance to tour the sections of the Cathedral that are under repair. All these areas are normally unavailable to the public. I focused on Gothic Architecture in my undergraduate degree, and for me, this was a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of a structure that I have studied intensely in the past. The tour started off with meeting the Head of Conservation and Site Manager, Heather Newton, who basically has my dream job! She gave us an introduction to the conservation project and an itinerary for the day. The project that started in 2016 and is set to finish around October 2021 is a 25-million-pound development that is focusing on the roof of the cathedral.’
Read the full blog post about the experience over on the MSc Architectural Conservation blog.
On Tuesday 27 March, Dr Karydis will give a talk about the construction, mechanics, and science of Gothic cathedrals. This talk will take place at Canterbury Cathedral and is conceived as a focused introduction, and source of inspiration, for historians, literary scholars, art historians and beyond working broadly on the middle ages and early modern period in Europe (including the British Isles). This talk has been commissioned by Birkbeck, University of London and forms part of a CHASE training programme entitled ‘Network: The Matter of the Archive before 1700’.
Image: Study of Gothic Vaulting, Nikolaos Karydis, 2006.
KASA is delighted to announce the upcoming open lecture will be given by Jonathan Deeming, Surveyor of the Fabric of Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday 4th April at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.
Jonathan is a partner for architectural practice Purcell and has achieved qualification as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation. Jonathan’s role as Surveyor to the Fabric is wide ranging and complex; he is responsible for preparing a survey of the Cathedral every five years, assessing the state of repair of the structure and making recommendations about the priority for repairs to the building. The lecture will discuss the recently completed, in progress and future work planned for Canterbury Cathedral.
Dr Richard Watkins, lecturer and senior tutor in Sustainable Architecture at Kent School of Architecture has developed a system using helium-filled balloons to track air flow around the Nave of Canterbury Cathedral. Our MSc Architecture and the Sustainable Environment students Sam Leatt, Sukanya Ravi and Yikun Shang, along with Dr Giridharan Renganathan from Kent School of Architecture were in participation at the experiment which took place on Thursday evening.
For more information, please click here which will take you to the brilliant article on Canterbury Cathedral’s news page.
The video below by Canterbury Cathedral documents the experiment in action!
Canterbury Cathedral hosted ‘Questions of Space: A Festival of Ideas’ which took place on 20 & 21 June 2016. This included a series of public talks, walks, sights and sounds. The Festival of Ideas is a partnership between Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent.
Below is an eight minute documentary about the project, shot and edited by Stacie Lee Bennett.
As part of the Festival, staff and a PhD student from KSA hosted their own events at the Cathedral:
The vast spaces of Canterbury Cathedral hold 100 tonnes of air, continually moving and sometimes creating draughts. Using helium balloons to see where the air goes, we aim to find out how to improve air flow.
Walk & Exhibition
Thermal qualities – warm, cool, humid, airy, radiant, cosy – are an important part of how we experience space. This walk invites you to help measure and test the different sensory qualities across Cathedral spaces and precincts to understand how they make us feel and why.
Bird’s Eye View
Exhibition & Talk
We will be delving into the archives to discover Christopher Packe, who in the 1700s climbed Bell Harry Tower to get a “bird’s-eye view” of East Kent and, with the help of his theodolite (an instrument for taking precise measurements) created a new kind of map.
Ypres to Canterbury
Exhibition & Talk
This exhibition is about how we commemorate war thought architecture and monuments. A huge panoramic photograph taken at Buffs Road Cemetery in Ypres, France, brings feelings of loss and sacrifice at the Western Front to Canterbury Cathedral Bastian Chapel.
Two students on the MA Architectural Visualisation programme have won an award for their Outstanding Visualisation Portfolios. Max Lenton from Miller Hare presented the award to Ruben Chitu and Joseph Sheng after their graduation at Canterbury Cathedral last week. Both Ruben and Joseph have landed positions with Miller Hare since completing their MA.
Programme Director Howard Griffin said, ‘I’m thoroughly pleased for both Reuben and Joseph and wish them all the best for the future. This prize offered by Miller Hare further cements our relationship with industry and builds on our successful internship opportunities’.