Today was our first full group excursion; we went to Canterbury, a quintessentially British town in the South East of England. First on the agenda was the Cathedral, founded in the year 597. We split into small groups, and were shown the building’s hidden treasures by tour guides. The Cathedral is most famous for being the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas Beckett, who was murdered in December of 1170, by four of the king’s knights. There are also the tombs of many famous figures, including King Henry IV and the Black Prince, who was the son of King Edward III. Architecturally and artistically, the cathedral is also fascinating, and the students learnt to differentiate between the Norman and Gothic sections of the Cathedral.
After the Cathedral, half of the group went on a scenic boat tour through Canterbury. They took in the sunshine and explored the history of the city, learning about everything from the Franciscans in Britain to the Marlowe Theatre.
The other half of the group went to a fully immersive retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Storytellers dressed in the clothing of the time led them through a series of atmospheric rooms, where each of Chaucer’s tales were recounted.
Overall the day was a great success, and has got everyone very excited for the trips next week to Lincoln and London.