About the BAA

Bringing together architecture, art and archaeology since 1843.

The British Archaeological Association was founded to promote the study of archaeology, art and architecture and the preservation of our national antiquities. It encourages original research and publishes new work on the history of architecture, art and antiquities of Roman to post-medieval date. Learn more

John Jenkins’ reconstruction of the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral, published in The Journal of the British Archaeological Association.

In celebration of the feast of Thomas Becket and the 800th anniversary of the creation of his shrine, the 2020 edition of The Journal of the British Archaeological Association is a special issue focused on Becket. On 7 July 2020, John Jenkins’ article with a proposed reconstruction of the shrine (shown above) has been published in advance of the full issue. Members may wish to discuss the article and reconstruction on our forums.

The Times, ‘Thomas Becket’s casket is digitally reconstructed’

Kent Online‘Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket digitally reconstructed 800 years after his body moved to Canterbury Cathedral’

The forthcoming lecture on 7 October will be given online. We very much regret that the lecture cannot take place as a physical event, but are reviewing the situation month-by-month and hope to return to lectures at the Society of Antiquaries as soon as circumstances allow.

Upcoming events

Next Lecture 7 Oct 2020 The Fabric Accounts of St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster
Next Conference 20 Apr 2021 The Year 1000 in Romanesque Art and Architecture

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