Two Saints Way: New Guide Published

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Catherine Clarke


It gives us great pleasure to announce that the new guide book to the ‘Two Saints Way’ – a pilgrimage route between Lichfield and Chester – has now been published. The ‘Two Saints Way’ project has been running for a few years now: the inaugural pilgrimage walk was in 2012, and 90% of the route is now signposted. Walking the route is a wonderful way to explore the area’s Mercian heritage, learn more about the two saints (Werburgh and Chad), find time for spiritual contemplation and renewal, or simply to enjoy the beautiful countryside of this part of England.

We’ve been fortunate to have some contact with the project as it has developed. We hope that some of the visitors to ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ and ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ may find themselves inspired to walk the ‘Two Saints Way’ – and that some of the ‘Two Saints’ pilgrims may also find their way to our websites.

You can find a wealth of resources about the ‘Two Saints Way’ here. Congratulations to David Pott and all the team on this wonderful initiative.

Chester Civic Trust – our project honoured!

Posted on 18 February 2014 by Catherine Clarke

On Wednesday 12th February, Sue Hughes represented our ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project at the Chester Civic Trust New Year Honours 2014 event at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Chester. Chester Civic Trust works to support the protection and enhancement of the urban environment of Chester, including issues such as planning, development, conservation and regeneration.

Our ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website was given a commended award, and we’re delighted that our project has been recognised in this way. The Trust explained to us that this is the first time they have recognised a website – we feel it’s particularly significant that this award shows that virtual resources can be as important to the understanding, appreciation and enhancement of a place as material development or the addition of physical interpretation on site.

Thank you again to the Chester Civic Trust for supporting us with this award.

Bishop Lloyd's Palace

Bishop Lloyd’s Palace

Over 3 million hits!

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Catherine Clarke

We’ve just done a bit of number crunching for our two Medieval Chester websites (Mapping Medieval Chester and Discover Medieval Chester) and can share the news that they have had well over 3 million (3,000,000) hits by web users (not counting any automated search engine requests, etc.).

Thank you to everyone who has visited our websites. It’s really great when we hear back from you, so please do get in touch to let us know how you’ve used our resources, and to give us your feedback on the materials here.


Knowledge Exchange Conference podcast

Posted on 20 September 2013 by Catherine Clarke

There’s a great podcast / audio slide show on our Knowledge Exchange conference available on the AHRC website. You can hear from a number of conference delegates, as well as some discussion of the value of Knowledge Exchange as a part of the scholarly process – something we were keen to explore and reflect on at the event.


Activity and event photos

Posted on 7 August 2013 by Catherine Clarke

We thought we’d share some photos of our recent events and activities in Chester. You can find a much bigger selection in a gallery on the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website.

Keith and Gareth lead the Mapping Workshop

Keith and Gareth lead the Mapping Workshop

Our Medieval City Tour

Our Medieval City Tour

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Our new mobile-friendly website

Posted on 7 August 2013 by Catherine Clarke

At our city tour in Chester on Thursday 25 July 2013, we unveiled our new mobile-friendly ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website. If you visit on any internet-enabled phone or mobile device (such as an iPhone or iPad, or an Android phone or tablet) you’ll automatically be sent to the mobile-friendly version of the website. This tracks your position in Chester (most smartphones are GPS enabled) and you can follow your route through either the modern city or the medieval city map. The mobile site shows you places of interest near to your location and allows your explore all the multi-media resources you’re interested in (with the option of audio versions while you’re on the move). You can even follow curated or pre-loaded tours. We’d love to hear your feedback.


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Events and activities at the Grosvenor Museum

Posted on 31 July 2013 by Catherine Clarke

An extensive programme of events and activities linked to our ‘Discover a Medieval City’ exhibition is now running, led by the Grosvenor Museum. Keith Lilley, Paul Vetch and I were in Chester last week to be involved in some of these events. On the morning of Thursday 25 July, Keith, together with Gareth Dean, led a ‘Mapping Workshop’, which gave participants the opportunity to explore historic maps of Chester and some of the techniques used to produce our digital atlas of the city – from traditional paper tracing to the digital technologies of GIS mapping. In the afternoon, Keith, Sue Hughes (Grosvenor Museum), Paul and I led a walking tour of the city, stopping at various sites to talk about the medieval cityscape, read extracts from the medieval texts, give accounts of real medieval people associated with the place, and show objects in the museum’s collection from that location. We also unveiled our ‘mobile friendly’ version of the website, which allows you to follow your route through the city using GPS tracking and explore the medieval places near to you (more on that soon). In the evening, I gave a lecture on ‘Bringing the Past to Life’, exploring the tradition of bringing history to life in Chester over several centuries, and how our use of new tools and technologies is another step in this process. Thank you to everyone who got involved, asked interesting questions and shared their own insights. Many more events were held over the weekend – see this full-page coverage from the Entertainment Guide in the Chester Chronicle:

Chester Chronicle July 2013

Our exhibition on TV

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Catherine Clarke

A feature on our exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum aired on S4C this evening (Tuesday 23 July 2013). You view it online at the Heno programme website (episode 96, available for 35 days from today).

The programme used our exhibition – with its emphasis on the Welsh culture of medieval Chester, from literature to artefacts – as the starting-point for an exploration of Welsh communities in Chester today. The segment included an interview with Aled Lewis Evans, who writes poetry in both English and Welsh and has contributed new work to the Discover Medieval Chester website, inspired by the medieval texts. It was great to see the vibrant Welsh heritage of Chester celebrated on television – both as part of medieval history and still very much alive today. Diolch!

Our exhibition on TV

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Catherine Clarke

Our ‘Discover a Medieval City’ exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, will feature on S4C tomorrow (23 July, 2013) between 7 and 7.30pm. We’re particularly pleased that this Welsh channel is covering the exhibition as medieval Chester was in many ways a ‘Welsh’ city. Please tune in and see what we’ve been doing!

The exhibition

The exhibition

Knowledge Exchange conference

Posted on 19 July 2013 by Catherine Clarke

On 10-11 July, the University of Southampton hosted our conference on ‘Knowledge Exchange and Arts and Humanities Research’, part of the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project and an opportunity to reflect on how knowledge exchange and collaboration with partners beyond academia can transform the way we think and work as researchers, as well as bringing benefits to the wider community.


The conference brought together 120 delegates and 60 speakers, with participants from the UK, Europe and Hong Kong. You can read a full conference report here. Thank you  to everyone who made this event such a tremendous success and we look forward to continuing our dialogues in the future.

Sue Hughes (Grosvenor Museum) at the conference

Sue Hughes (Grosvenor Museum) at the conference


Matthew Dodd, BBC Radio Three - one of our plenary speakers

Matthew Dodd, BBC Radio Three – one of our plenary speakers