Pilgrim Badges

The Beaney has a huge collection of Pilgrim Badges from the 12th – 15th Century. They are made of tin-lead and were bought by thousands of pilgrims to commemorate their journey to Canterbury. The badges were worn on either your hat or cloak. This one depicts Thomas Becket himself.

  • Pilgrim Badges

Research Activities


Find out about ‘The Canterbury Tales’, stories about the Canterbury pilgrims, by Chaucer and read one of the stories yourself.


Make your own pilgrim’s badge out of materials you have at home!

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

Get closer to The Beaney and immerse yourself in history, heritage, art and culture