Event details

  • Sat 16 May 2020 to Sun 27 September 2020
  • All day
  • The Beaney, 18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA
  • 01227 862 162
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The Beaney will present a major exhibition in the context of Becket’s story, Canterbury pilgrimage and health & wellbeing.

2020 is the 900th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s birth, 850th of his death, and 800th of moving Becket’s relics to a new tomb and chapel in Canterbury Cathedral.

Miracles after Becket’s murder, recorded in stained glass, led to Europe-wide spread of relics and images, making Becket a world ‘celebrity’. As well as presenting this story, displays will explore Becket’s fame as a symbol of conflict between Church and state, conscience and duty.

Photographs, designs and cartoons will feature portrayals in theatre and film from Henry Irving to Richard Burton, and writers including Tennyson and Eliot creating Becket’s enduring legacy as a rebel.

The exhibition  will be part of Becket 2020; a programme of events developed by partners from across the UK and a platform to commemorate the remarkable life and death of Thomas Becket.

With loans from The British Museum, Arts Council Collection, Canterbury Cathedral, University of Kent and Photographer, Christopher Roche.