The annual Kent History Federation conference in 2018 comes to Canterbury and is hosted by the Centre for Kent History and Heritage. The theme for this year is ‘Tudor and Stuart Canterbury’ a fascinating time in the city’s history that saw the patronage of the early Tudor monarchs in the construction of Christ Church Gate; the overthrow of Canterbury’s many religious houses and the destruction of the internationally-important shrine of St Thomas of Canterbury; the arrival of several groups of ‘Strangers’ who brought their cloth-making skills to the city and the creation of a royal palace and several splendid gentry houses in these monastic ruins.
The morning is devoted to talks by experts in Tudor and Stuart history who have undertaken detailed research into Canterbury’s history. Then after lunch and a talk by Avril Leach on the famous antiquarian William Somner, whose death in 1669 will be marked next year, delegates can take one of a choice of six guided walks through ‘Tudor and Stuart Canterbury’, the walks led by academics and local historians. The day concludes with tea and cake back at Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University.