Why did they move Thomas Becket’s bones?
7 July 2021

On the anniversary of Thomas Becket’s translation, Dr John Jenkins from the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York explains why the movement of Becket’s bones to a new shrine on 7 July 1220 was so significant.

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.

What’s on at the British Museum in 2021?
27 November 2020

From the story of one of Rome’s most infamous emperors, to the assassination of Thomas Becket, see what special exhibitions are coming up in our 2021 programme. 

Buried treasure: top 10 finds
9 July 2020

We mark a milestone of 1.5 million finds recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme with a look back at the top 10 treasures from the last 23 years.

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…