12 February 2013
Canterbury Christ Church University has given 40 historical prints, telling over 1400 years of Canterbury's history, to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
The original artwork, by Hastings based artist David Hobbs, was especially commissioned for two unique exhibitions held at the University’s Sidney Cooper Gallery.
The first exhibition, ‘Canterbury: England’s Crucible’, explored 1000 years of the City’s history from Iron Age to the Tudors and attracted over 5,000 visitors to the city centre gallery in 2010. In November of last year (2012) ‘Canterbury: 1600 to Present Day’ showed the dramatic changing the appearance of Canterbury over the last 400 years.
Some of the historical events in the prints include the arrival of St Augustine, Viking raids on the city, Becket's Martyrdom, the Black Death and Henry VIII's destruction of St Augustine's Abbey. The coming of the railways and the World War II Baedeker raids on Canterbury when around 20% of the City was destroyed.
Both exhibitions were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Mike Butler, Cultural Manager
Canterbury Christ Church University’s Cultural Manager, Mike Butler, presented the hospital with prints. He said: “Many thousands of people enjoyed the exhibitions at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, and especially the illustrated artwork by David. Now that we have finished the four year HLF funded project, it would be a shame if people couldn’t still enjoy the work.
“The research work for the project was done by over 20 volunteers and so we feel it appropriate that their results, and the illustrations, remain in the public domain. The hospital is a wonderful place to display this project and thousands of patients, staff and visitors will continue to enjoy our City’s wonderful, rich history. “
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey