Coventry’s ceremonial sword, dated to c.1460, is usually on display at the Burrell Collection at Glasgow City Museum, but from July to November, you will be able to see it at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. The sword was an important symbol of the city’s rights and privileges and formed part of the city…

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Medieval Coventry has partnered with the Historic Towns Trust to produce a historical map of Coventry based on the 1913 Ordinance Survey map. It shows the moment when Coventry was changing rapidly from a town with a medieval streetscape to a modern, industrial city. It is the latest in a series of maps in the…

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From Wednesday 21 July to Saturday 28 August, Holy Trinity Church will be hosting a special display that sheds light on its incredible Doom painting that dates back nearly 600 years. The exhibition provides a useful interpretation of the painting and highlights some of its significant features. It also urges visitors to ponder over some…

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Medieval Coventry has made a major contribution to a new exhibition on the history of Coventry’s built environment, including co-curator Dr Mark Webb and editor Amanda Kay. The exhibition will open for 12 months from 20th July on the first floor of the newly re-opened Metropolis Gallery and Restaurant in the former Drapers building, Earl…

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Medieval Coventry will re-run the successful ‘Royal Women of Influence’ exhibition at Holy Trinity Church later in the year. This will include new panels explaining and interpreting the Holy Trinity Doom painting and a launch event (details to follow). The new panels and the lighting of the Doom painting were supported by Coventry City of…

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Medieval Coventry is partnering with the Historic Towns Atlas team (www.historictownsatlas.org.uk) to produce an historical map of Coventry to be published in the March 2021. This follows on from other maps produced by HTA including London, York, Winchester, Hull and Oxford.

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In July, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) completed excavations behind Drapers’ Hall in advance of the restoration and reopening of the hall as a classical music venue. Finds included a 15th-century workshop for making metal dress accessories such as buckles and brooches, together with a number of stone moulds for casting metal. The site lay…

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In advance of the conference headed by David Starkey on 27 September, a number of experts have taken a close look at the tapestry. Among them was Mika Takami from the Hampton Court tapestry conservation team and she will be reporting on her findings at the conference. The tapestry has been well preserved under the…

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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…

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