CHASE Encounters Conference, University of Kent

11th and 12th July, Sibson Building


Guide to Breakout Sessions
Day one
Cohort Building Activities (13.30 to 17.15)


Visit to Canterbury Cathedral (14.30-16.30)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point A promptly for 13.30.

This session at Canterbury Cathedral will include a visit to the Archives and Library, which holds highly important written collections dating from Anglo-Saxon to modern times. The medieval archive of the Cathedral is inscribed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World register; the Library collection has particular strengths in the subject areas of religion, travel, natural history and early modern literature. As part of The Canterbury Journey Graffiti Research Project, a group of trained volunteers have been identifying and recording some of the Cathedral’s extraordinary historic graffiti. Delegates will also be able to discover this lost art with our volunteers and learn more about these marks and the people who made them.

Please note: This session is taking place offsite and will require a short coach journey (or walk) to Canterbury city centre. There is wheelchair access to the Archives building and to the Library building, although we cannot accommodate larger motorised wheelchairs in the Library because of the historic nature of the buildings. One part of the cathedral (Trinity Chapel) is inaccessible for wheelchairs because of medieval steps.

Visit to Eastbridge Hospital (14.30-16.45)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point B promptly for 13.30.

This workshop takes you back to medieval Canterbury, and what it would have been like for many pilgrims who visited the city. Whilst paying homage to Saint Thomas the Martyr, Eastbridge Hospital became a haven for weary travellers. This session aims to give an insight into this unique building, by looking at those who built, lived and visited here. Surveying graffiti and medieval wall paintings, you will come to understand how those who came to medieval Canterbury left their mark, and why.

Please note: Space on this workshop is limited to 15 people. This session is taking place offsite and will require a short coach journey (or walk) to Canterbury city centre. Unfortunately, due to the age of the building, Eastbridge Hospital contains three flights of stairs and no lift, and may not be suitable for attendees with mobility issues.

Visit to the Beaney Museum (14.30-16.45)

(Beany Highlights Tour 14.30-15.30; Access to Galleries 15.30-16.45)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point C promptly for 13.30.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is a museum and art gallery in the heart of historic Canterbury. The building takes its name from, Dr James George Beaney, a Canterbury-born man of modest background who studied medicine before emigrating to Australia, where he found his success. Upon his death in 1891, Dr Beaney left money in his will to the city of Canterbury and his patronage was fundamental in building the Beaney Institute: a new home for the Canterbury Royal Museum and Free Library, now known as The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. The museum tour will highlight important items from the collection; paintings, sculptures and artefacts, including archaeological finds from Canterbury and Kent as well as collections brought back from travels across Asia, Africa, India and South America by some of Kent’s great explorers.

Please note: This session is taking place offsite and will require a short coach journey (or walk) to Canterbury city centre.


Visit to the British Cartoon Archive (15.00-16.30)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point D promptly for 13.30.

The University of Kent holds over 600 historical collections in its library, with one of the most well-known being the internationally renowned British Cartoon Archive. This workshop will introduce you to the British Cartoon Archive, how it was established and the various ways it is used today. You’ll get to view some of the collection’s most significant artwork and go on a tour of the areas where the archive is stored while staff discuss the importance of the material and its role within the University’s Special Collections & Archives department. Please note that space on this workshop is limited to 20 people.

Please note: there are no hearing loops available in the British Cartoon Archive.

A Sense of Place — Drawing Workshop with Frances Stanfield (14.30-17.00)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point E promptly for 13.30.

Aside from achieving a sense of freedom whilst drawing, capturing what a place feels and looks like can be extremely satisfying. Drawing a scene from observation that is vast in scale and has immeasurable detail can be daunting - it’s hard to know where to start. Frances will be teaching practical drawing techniques that inspire confidence and tackle hindering thoughts that often creep up on us when making any kind of drawing, but particularly when drawing from life.

Punting on the River Stour (14.30-16.00)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point F promptly for 13.30.

The premier way to see Canterbury, from the comfort of a classic hand built punt on our historic river Stour. Take a guided-tour through the heart of Canterbury and benefit from the beautiful views and history from within the comfort of a hand-made punt! Each tour runs through the heart of the historic city centre along a route not accessible by foot and your chauffeur will give you a historic commentary along the way.

Please note: This session will take place offsite and will require a short coach journey (or walk) to Canterbury City Centre. The boats are reached via a flight of steps with a handrail, there will be staff on hand to help people in and out of the boats. 

Guided tour of Canterbury (14.30-16.00)

To participate in this session, please report to meeting point G promptly for 13.30.

Canterbury Guided Tours provide entertaining 90 minute trips around the historic city of Canterbury. The professional Green Badge Guides take you on a journey through the medieval lanes, Cathedral Precincts and remarkable King’s School. Taking in plenty of Canterbury’s charming character whilst regaling you with tales of murder and the famous historical figures who have lived or visit Canterbury in the past. The perfect introduction into Canterbury’s heritage to the vibrant, culture rich city that stands today.

Please note: This session is taking place offsite and will require a short coach journey (or walk) to Canterbury city centre. This tour will contain a considerable amount of walking and my not be suitable for students with mobility issues.

Open access escape room with the Office for Scholarly Communications at University of Kent (Session one 14.30-15.30; Session two 15.40-16.40)

To participate in this session, please report to seminar room 6 promptly for 13.30.

A villain has locked away all research, help us unlock it again! In this interactive escape room you’ll solve a range of puzzles to defeat a villain and make all research open again. In line with other escape rooms, you will have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and complete the game. Team work will be essential to solving the puzzles! The Escape Room is open access themed, but you do not need any prior knowledge to be able to play the game. In addition, having previous knowledge will not give you any advantage.

Please Note: The escape room will run twice within the session, from 14.30-15.30 and from 15.40-16.40. Spaces for each session are limited to 10 people. As this is only a one hour commitment, you will have plenty of free time!