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Two Saints Way: New Guide Published

15 July 2015


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.

Knowledge Exchange Conference podcast

20 September 2013

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

7 August 2013

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

More pictures…


Our exhibition on TV

22 July 2013

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

19 July 2013

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


City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea

7 June 2013

Some of the members of the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ and ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project team are now involved in a new AHRC-funded research project on medieval Swansea. Please visit our website at to learn more about this new work.

CW homepage

‘Medieval Mystery Plays have no relevance today’ – join the debate!

13 October 2012

I’ve recently been contacted by Phil Pearn, who’s organising a debate as part of the Chester Literature Festival this week. The motion for the debate is ‘Medieval Mystery Plays have no relevance today’, and the event will be held at Chester Town Hall on Saturday 20 October at 11am. Phil and I have already enjoyed an email discussion about aspects of medieval life and culture, and the debate topic is sure to raise some heated views on either side (you can guess my own position!). Do go along if you can and have your say. It should be a very lively discussion!

Chester Mystery Plays, 2008


More ‘Hryre’ photos

3 July 2012

As promised (some time ago) here are some more photos of the new ‘Hryre’ art installation at St John’s ruins, Chester, which draws on the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ research. Thanks to the artist, Nayan Kulkarni, for these photos.



Filming medieval Chester…

3 July 2012

Filming underway

Last week we had a meeting for the new ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester. It was great to share our progress so far – and particularly exciting to see some stills from the short films produced for the new website (in development) and the exhibition next summer (launching at the Grosvenor Museum, then transferring to Wrexham Museum). Hope you enjoy these ‘behind-the-scenes’ shots!

Filming the miller's wife