The Black Prince Young Futures Conference

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Canterbury Cathedral’s Young Futures Conference for 16-25 year olds explores the life and influence of the Black Prince who, at the age of just 16, led the English army to victory at the Battle of Crecy, France.

This free one-day conference explores the man, mortality and myth and his impact on medieval and contemporary culture.

Register now to secure your free ticket.

The full day conference includes the following presentations and activities.

The Black Prince: A Curious Cathedral Story

Heather Newton and Dr Sarah Turner

Join our Head of Conservation and Collections Manager as they uncover the story of the Black Prince’s close history with the Cathedral, and how we are discovering more about the man through the recent exploration and conservation work that was undertaken to prepare them for an exhibition at the V&A Museum last year.

After the talk, explore the Cathedral’s secret spaces high above the Nave and take a look at the conservation work that is taking place. (Please note, if you intend to take part in this activity you will need secure flat foot wear and comfortable clothes that may get dusty.)

Stitches in Time: Recreating the jupon of the Black Prince

Ninya Mikhaila

Ninya Mikhaila is a maker of high quality reconstructions and replicas of historic clothing. Ninya and her team recently made a replica of the Black Prince's jupon (jacket) for a new BBC documentary series, ‘A Stitch in Time’. The replica jupon will be on display so you can see what the Black Prince’s clothes might have looked like back in the 14th Century.

Following the talk, have a go at the textiles techniques used in making the jupon, including quilting and couched embroidery.

Access To Heritage Through Creative Doorways

Marlowe Theatre

Iconic figures of the past can be great for inspiring creative responses, but how? The Marlowe team describes the creative process and the challenges of creating an interpretation of the past which is at once both entirely fictional and largely accurate for the latest production, ‘Creed of Spies’. Plus explore how the city’s collections helped to unlock the stories presented on screen and stage.

The Marlowe will be running two workshops in creative writing and performance, applying some of this process to what we know of the Black Prince.

Tintype Photography

Rob Ball

Rob Ball is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, and specialises in tintype photography, a process created in the 1860s.

Have your photo taken on the day and take home your own digital tintype portrait.



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Frequently asked questions


Individuals who have booked on Eventbrite should print off their tickets in advance to show at the gate. Staff will also have a list of your names.

School and community groups should gather outside Christ Church Gate and come through into the Precincts as a group. Group leaders will need to inform Cathedral staff on the gate that you are coming to the Young Futures Conference to gain free entry, and let them know the number of students and staff in your party. They will have your details already.

What are my transport or parking options for getting to and from the event?

Full details of the transport options are listed here:

Are there ID or age requirements to enter the event?

This conference is specifically for people who are 25 years old or younger. Please bring some form of identification if it will not be clear to staff that you are 25 years old or younger. This does not apply if you are a teacher or community group leader accompanying a group to the event.

Registration on the day and registration for specific afternoon workshops and activities

Please arrive promptly on the day so we are ready to start the conference on time. Workshops and activities will be booked on a first come first served basis so if there is something specific you would like to attend, it is advisable to arrive as soon as registration opens.

Conference venue

The conference is in the International Study Centre at Canterbury Cathedral. Please enter via Christ Church Gate from the Buttermarket. Once inside the Precincts turn right. The International Study Centre is the modern building on the right past Cathedral House. The route will be signposted on the day.


Please bring your own refreshments and packed lunch. We suggest participants lunch in the Precincts if the weather is good, or in the covered Cloisters if wet.

Afternoon break-out sessions

Young people can sign-up for their preferred afternoon break-out session on arrival, or during the morning break. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration Desk on arrival. Sign up is for one activity only, on a first come first served basis. Teachers and group leaders can accompany students on these sessions.


The full timetable for the day will be available nearer the time.

Any questions or special requirements

Please email or call 07771 800 486 if you have any questions about the event or special needs or requirements.

Information for schools groups

Risk assessments

A Cathedral risk assessment will have been completed for the event and all break out activities.

First aid

Members of Cathedral staff on duty have had first aid training and will be able to assist if required.

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