Dea Nutrix

This figurine of a seated female, just 16 centimetres tall, was dug-up by a gravedigger in St Dunstan's more than 150 years ago, and was found at the site of a cremation burial. She is known as the Dea Nutrix – the Nursing Goddess.

Continue reading

Glassware

Roman glass production developed from Hellenistic* traditions, initially concentrating on the production of intensely coloured cast glass vessels. By the end of the 1st century AD large scale manufacturing meant glass was readily available throughout the Roman world.

Continue reading

Pottery

Pottery makers flourished during the first and second centuries AD. Archaeologists have discovered kilns on the outskirts of Roman Canterbury, near the sources of clay, water and firewood, where a range of cooking wares and tiles were produced. The local potters worked in Roman styles which would have supported the...

Continue reading

Rupert Bear

The tale of Rupert Bear begins with the story of the Caldwell Family. The Caldwell’s were a family of artists who worked at Canterbury Cathedral on the restoration of stained-glass windows. Their daughter, Mary, went on to attend Simon Langton Girls’ School, then studied at the Sidney Cooper School of...

Continue reading

Bagpuss

Created by BAFTA award-winning Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate through their company Smallfilms, Bagpuss was filmed in Firmin’s barn in Blean, just outside Canterbury.

Continue reading

Pilgrim Badges

The news of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s murder in 1170 spread with ferocity. Shortly after his death he was made a saint, and miracles began to be reported at his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrims from Britain and Europe flocked to the city in the hope a visit would cure their...

Continue reading

Canterbury Cross

Dating from about 850 AD, The Canterbury Cross has acquired widespread fame as a symbol of the Church of Christianity throughout the Anglican world. Discovered in 1867 during excavations in St. Georges Street, Canterbury, it incorporates a number of sophisticated techniques into its Saxon design.

Continue reading

Dolls and Dolls House furniture

On display is one woman’s lifetime collection of dolls and dolls house furniture from the early 20th century, selected and arranged by artist and puppeteer Estelle Rosenfeld. Miss G H Veraguth (1880-1974) grew her collection both at home in England and during travels with her mother in Europe...

Continue reading

Venus Flower Basket

Known as the Venus Flower Basket, this artefact is actually the skeleton of a deep ocean sponge. It is made of silica, or glass, by the soft-bodied creature living inside. In traditional Asian cultures it was given as a wedding gift (in its dead, dry state) because the sponge symbiotically...

Continue reading

Copy of a Portrait of a Young Man by Raphael

This portrait is a copy by an unknown artist of Portrait of a Young Man by the famed Renaissance artist Raphael (1483 –1520). Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. The subject is thought to be a self-portrait...

Continue reading

SUPPORT US - DONATE TODAYFIND OUT MORE