Photo of ancient ruins at St Augustines Abbey in Canterbury

About us

Photo of ancient ruins at St Augustines Abbey in Canterbury

About us

Established in 2014, The Centre for Kent History and Heritage (CKHH) is a centre of research excellence in regional historical and cultural studies with a track-record of successful external funding bids and publications.

Based in the School of Humanities and Educational Studies, it brings together scholars working on many aspects of the region’s rich heritage in the fields of history, archaeology and built heritage, theology and religious studies and explores both Kent’s literary history and its status as inspiration for new creative work.

Known for its prestigious annual Canterbury History Weekends, the Centre also offers student placements, outreach and enrichment activities for schools and provides financial support to a number of postgraduate research students through the Ian Coulson Memorial Fund. Its long-running blog has a wide following and is one of a number of online resources produced by the Centre. CKHH works with a wide range of regional organisations, museums and community groups and supports events such as the Medieval Canterbury Pageant.

Latest articles from our blog

Canterbury and Kent – from Story Gardens to the History of Emotions

Wednesday June 12, 2024
For this week among the various things Dr Claire Bartram and I have been doing is putting together the final preparations for the CKHH 10 Year Celebratory event next week. […]

From the Stone Age to the Tudors – exploring Kent’s past

Wednesday June 05, 2024
Before I come to the opening of the new gallery at Maidstone Museum with its official launch yesterday (Tuesday 5 June), I thought I would take the opportunity to mention […]

Celebrating with Maidstone Museum and other forthcoming events

Thursday May 30, 2024
This week really will be shorter for a change as I want to bring you a bit more information about forthcoming events involving people from the CKHH and organisations we […]

From castles to hospitals – researching Kent’s past

Wednesday May 22, 2024
This week is more some short reports on people’s activities around the county rather than notices of what’s coming up next week. However, looking slightly further into June, I thought […]

Becket Lecture plus Cinque Ports

Thursday May 16, 2024
There has been (will be) a feast of lectures this week, all very different but testimony to the wide coverage of the CKHH and one of its aims to bring […]

Upcoming Becket Lecture and much more

Thursday May 09, 2024
This week I want to highlight some forthcoming events, starting with the Annual Becket Lecture, which is next Tuesday 14 May at 6pm (drinks reception from 5.30pm). Professor Elisabeth van […]

Medieval Canterbury Weekend 2024

Thursday May 02, 2024
Before I get to the main business for this week, I want to remind readers that the Becket Lecture is less than a fortnight away on Tuesday 14 May. It […]

Countdown to MCW24, plus May lectures

Wednesday April 24, 2024
We are now only a couple of days away from the Medieval Canterbury Weekend 2024, but if you haven’t got your tickets, you still can and details of all the […]

Valuing maps – in Kent and Faversham

Thursday April 18, 2024
We are now just over a week away from the Medieval Canterbury Weekend and it is a matter of now doing the finishing touches so that our ticket holders have […]

Exploring Canterbury’s medieval and Tudor hospitals

Saturday April 13, 2024
I thought I would start with the press release from CCCU Marketing by Jeanette Earl about the Medieval Canterbury Weekend, which is coming up fast: so if you haven’t […]