Destruction in the Cathedral – registration open

Thomas Johnson Canterbury Cathedral Quire

MEMS is pleased to announce that registration is open for a study day run jointly with and hosted by Canterbury Cathedral, and supported by the University of Kent’s Centre for Heritage. Called Destruction in the Cathedral, it will take place on 11th March. 

This study day marks the acquisition by the Cathedral under the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme of the painting by Canterbury artist Thomas Johnson (c.1628-85) of the ‘Quire of Canterbury Cathedral’, dated 1657.

This is the earliest known depiction of the Quire and is rare for portraying iconoclastic acts actively underway. This study day will place the painting into its immediate and longer-term context, considering histories of iconoclasm but also survivals at Canterbury Cathedral.

Papers will be given by specialists in the fields of medieval and early modern history and the history of art, including Prof Rachel Koopmans, Dr John Jenkins, Dr Emily Guerry, Dr David Rundle, Prof Kenneth Fincham and Prof Jackie Eales.

The painting will be on view during the day. Delegates are welcome to attend our Evensong service at 17:30.

General registration: £30 per person, including refreshments and sandwich lunch. Registration is free to student members of the MEMS community.

Spaces are limited. For general registration, please book by emailing; MEMS students should contact the Director, Dr Suzanna Ivanic, by7th March.

For more information, visit the Cathedral’s webpage. This event is kindly supported by the University’s of Kent’s Centre for Heritage.