About the BAA

Bringing together architecture, art and archaeology since 1843.

The British Archaeological Association was founded in 1843 for the study of archaeology, art, and architecture, and to promote the preservation of historic monuments and antiquities. It exists to enhance understanding of the material culture of Europe and the Mediterranean. It encourages research, organises conferences and publishes new work on the history of architecture and art of Roman to post-medieval date, with a particular interest in the art, architecture and archaeology of the Middle Ages, especially in Britain. 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’

Upcoming events

Next Conference 7 Sep 2021 The Year 1000 in Romanesque Art and Architecture
Next Lecture 6 Oct 2021 From defacement to revivification: a digital-archaeological approach to illuminating the nave paintings of St Albans Cathedral

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