-In the morning, the group met up at Garden Gate and travelled to Canterbury Cathedral by minibus, arriving at 10:23. On arrival we all gathered outside the cathedral, in the grounds to be given a tour by Martin. He showed us round the outside of the Cathedral, briefly giving a standard explanation about its history, as well as providing information on a few new changes, about the buildings new monarchy sculptures. We then ventured through the grounds in which we spoke a little of the structure.
Following the tour, after being guided into the library, we were greeted by Karen who gave a talk about the books that had been placed on display for their relevance to the wasteland project. We were shown the 1st of the 3 displays after being informed of the choices made and relevance of books. The 1st display housed books that were used by the monastery, which held an extensive knowledge of Horticulture, ailments and alike that could be passed down through the generations of monks and were used in the upkeep and self-sufficiency of the monastery.
The Second display showed a variety of book bindings, made for people of different backgrounds. Each binding had its differences that would be implemented, due to financial and hierarchal status and decorative factors. We saw the Black Prince book, which had a 3 dimensional decorative cover binding, displaying a coat of arms within a patterned border. But the cover was so heavy, so it easily fell apart. The book cover was made by pressing papier-mâché into a mould and releasing it to form a solid structure. Next were two books intended for monarchy, one unused? The cover had a red and gold regal pattern and appeared to be for those of wealth on first sight. The third style of bindings, were made using leather to cover only the edge of the book. This was done for cost effectiveness and would normally be found to have marbled book covers. The last book in the display was of very striking Roman like image of a figure, embossed in gold onto the cover of a book.
The Third and final display consisted of a selection of books that were chosen based on their artistic values and print production technique. They exhibited prints of great skill in books that were many pages wide. These ranged from a cartographer’s map to prints of architecture, which were an impressive feat, considering the amount of time and effort that would have been put into producing the cuttings. There was also a cover page of Queen Elizabeth, which depicted her as a strong female.
At the end of the talk, Sara suggested that she would try doing prints with inks using the marbling effect seen in the display.
We all waited for the coach outside of the cathedral and were then swiftly dropped back at the Garden Gate after the bumpiest journey I’ve ever had.