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Historian David Starkey to give opening talk at a conference on the tapestry at St Mary’s Hall, 27 September 2019

April 24, 2019
We are delighted to announce that the well-known historian Professor David Starkey will open a special conference about the magnificent tapestry that adorns the guildhall at St Mary’s Hall. It will take place on Friday, 27 September 2019. Other guest speakers include Dr Jonathan Foyle, Dr Kate Giles, Professor Maria Hayward, Dr Joanna Laynsmith and Fred Hepburn. The early 16th-century tapestry, which is recognised as one of the finest medieval artworks to be found in the city, has at its focal point King Henry VI and Queen Margaret of Anjou who brought the royal court to Coventry in the 1450s. Yet it remains something of a mystery – Why was it commissioned? Who commissioned it? Who are the all characters? What about the symbolism? Where was it made? These and other questions will be explored at the conference, which promises to be thought-provoking and illuminating in equal measure. 27 September 2019 – Save the Date!

Medieval Coventry supports English Tourism Week 2019

March 30, 2019
Today is the first day of English Tourism Week 2019 – it’s a great way to celebrate all that the country has to offer its visitors – from heritage, arts, theatre and music to restaurants, retail and sporting facilities. During English Tourism Week, Coventry is showcasing the city’s illustrious past and vibrant city scene through a series of interactive walks and trails – all for free! Find out more at And if you’d like to participate in one of our very own tours and find out more about the places in Coventry associated with Queen Isabella of France and Queen Margaret of Anjou, simply pick up a Women of Influence walking tour leaflet from the Coventry Tourist Information, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Bayley Lane.

Mark Webb shortlisted as finalist for Historic England Angel Awards

October 17, 2018

Medieval Coventry trustee Mark Webb has been shortlisted from hundreds of nominees as a finalist for the Historic England Angel Awards in the category: Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording.

Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Awards are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Heritage England and recognise and celebrate those who are making a real difference in championing their local heritage.

Mark, who is spearheading a number of the Medieval Coventry charity’s projects, works tirelessly in encouraging people to find out more about the city’s illustrious past and its importance during the Middle Ages. Mark brings huge energy, expertise and knowledge to all that he does so this accolade is a fitting tribute.

There are fifteen Heritage Angel nominees across five categories and a panel of expert judges will choose the winners of each category.
Additionally, the best-loved project will be awarded the Historic England Followers’ Favourite Award.

For more information and to cast your vote for Mark and Medieval Coventry, visit

Royal Women of Influence exhibition attracts over 2,000 visitors during Coventry’s Heritage Open Days

September 20, 2018

Painting of the tapestry at St Mary’s Hall by George Scharf, 1855. Queen Margaret is in the bottom right panel. ‘Justicia’ has been blanked out, which is a post-medieval amendment. Credit: With kind permission of The Society of Antiquaries of London, photograph by Ken Walton

The Royal Women of Influence exhibition at the Drapers’ Hall was an outstanding success during the two weekends of the Heritage Open Days. Over 2,000 people – from children and young people to senior citizens – visited the Hall and exhibition, which received glowing praise.

The exhibition followed a very successful Launch and Preview on 5 September held by Medieval Coventry and sponsors Coventry City of Culture Trust. It included welcome speeches and guided tours by Mark Webb, Medieval Coventry, and Sarah Griffin and Rachel Delman of the University of Oxford.

The preview received extensive press coverage, including the Coventry Evening Telegraph and the Coventry Observer:

Please also see the link on the Coventry City of Culture 2021 website:

From left to right: Sarah Griffin and Rachel Delman (University of Oxford), Mark Webb (Medieval Coventry), Nicola Dyer (The Prince’s Foundation), Roger Medwell (Coventry City of Culture Trust and Culture Coventry), Jacqui Ibbotson (Coventry City of Culture Trust). Credit: Inpress Images
Credit: Inpress Images
Credit: Inpress Images

Medieval Coventry has partnered with the University of Oxford to tell the fascinating story of two royal women who had a significant connection with Coventry

August 31, 2018

This is culminating in an exhibition:

Royal Women of Influence in Medieval Coventry: Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou

The exhibition is sponsored by the Coventry City of Culture Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is also an opportunity to see inside historic Drapers’ Hall, which is not normally open to the public.

Venue: Drapers’ Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry

Dates: 6 to 9 and 13 to 16 September 2018 during Heritage Open Days

Times: 10.00 to 16.30 daily

Free of charge.

Please note that unfortunately there will be no disabled access or toilets at the venue. No dogs, except assistance dogs, are allowed.

Isabella of France

The marriage of Edward II and Isabella, from Jean de Wavrin, Recuil des chroniques d’Engleterre, Vol. I (detail). Issued under Creative Commons License. Credit: © The British Library Board, Royal 15 E IV f. 295v

Margaret of Anjou

Portrait of Margaret of Anjou, gilt and bronze medal, made by Piero de Milano during Margaret’s exile, c. 1463. Credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Medieval Coventry trustee plays part in Coventry’s City of Culture winning bid

January 17, 2018

Leicester University is championing the part that Mark Webb has played in raising the profile of the medieval city during Coventry’s bid to become City of Culture 2021. Mark, a trustee of Medieval Coventry, is a postgraduate researcher from the university’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Mark is also a board member of the Coventry Heritage Action Zone and a trustee of the Historic Coventry Trust and through these various roles he has been able to advocate the importance of preserving the city’s heritage.

Find out more.

4 December: UK’s Biggest Heritage Transfer Kickstarts £30m Regeneration Project

December 15, 2017
Medieval Coventry is delighted to be involved in this exciting new project approved last week. The transfer of the portfolio of heritage assets by Coventry City Council to Historic Coventry Trust has been lauded by heritage agency Historic England as by far the largest and most ambitious in the UK to date. In total there are 22 individual properties including Whitefriars Gate, the two remaining medieval city wall gates, as well as 19th-ccentury Drapers Hall, on the site of Coventry’s medieval Great Drapery. For more information click here.

Coventry wins City of Culture 2021

December 12, 2017
Medieval Coventry welcomes this exciting news, and is now working with the bid team to ensure the city’s medieval treasures are given the attention they deserve in a ‘heritage-led’ tourism and local education approach.

Spon St VR project highlighted at Graz University workshop

December 11, 2017
27 to 29 September 2017. A paper on ‘Multisensory Virtual Experience of Tanning in Medieval Coventry’ was delivered to the Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, Graz University of Technology, Austria.