How to erase a saint: Thomas Becket and Henry VIII
5 July 2021

Over 350 years after Thomas Becket’s death, his shrine was destroyed by agents of King Henry VIII. Professor Alec Ryrie from the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University investigates why.

Thomas Becket and Magna Carta
21 May 2021

Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, reveals a surprising link between Thomas Becket and the 1225 reissue of Magna Carta.

Who killed Thomas Becket?
22 April 2021

Curators Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman investigate the murder of Thomas Becket and what we know about the perpetrators of this notorious crime.

How to cook a medieval feast: 11 recipes from the Middle Ages
16 December 2020

Looking for an alternative Christmas dinner? Whip up a medieval feast with 11 recipes from the Middle Ages.

Thomas Becket: the murder that shook the Middle Ages
28 December 2019

Discover how the assassination of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170 changed the course of history…

Eighty years (and more) of Sutton Hoo
24 July 2019

It’s been 80 years since Sutton Hoo was discovered and excavated. But why is this Anglo-Saxon ship burial so important and what has it taught us?

Gems, rings and lapidaries
23 March 2018

Curator Naomi Speakman sheds light on a few of her favourite medieval gems in the collection.

From history, with love… 14 objects to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day
13 February 2018

For Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled 14 sensational smooches and other symbols of love from around the world. Pucker up…

Fantastic beasts and where to find them
3 August 2017

Curator Naomi Speakman explores the fantastical world of medieval bestiaries and the mythical creatures found within.