Faversham is celebrating its medieval history on 24 October 2015 in a lantern procession and light sculpture performance that will reveal the location and size of its medieval abbey.
Staged by Creek Creative Studios with support from Ideas Test, the event is the finale of a season of medieval-themed activities bringing Faversham Abbey back to life. The Abbey was founded by King Stephen and Queen Matilda in 1148 and demolished during the dissolution of the monasteries, ordered by King Henry VIII from 1538 onwards.
The FAVi idea was conceived by Anne MacLaren and Simon Giles of Creek Creative Studios, having been inspired by a talk given by Dr. Brian Philp MBE in 2008, when he described his 1965 archaeological dig on the Abbey site.
Anne explains: ‘We became fascinated by the idea that the foundations of this important Abbey housing the tomb of a former King and Queen – which rivalled neighbouring Rochester Cathedral in scale – lay beneath our home town.
‘How amazing it would be if we could reveal it in some way, drawing the town’s attention to its amazing medieval past.’
Ideas Test awarded the funding needed to realise Anne and Simon’s ambition and in the spirit of encouraging more people to try their hand at creative activities. Those who want to get involved in the event can attend a free lantern-making workshop at Creek Creative on 10 Oct.
An exhibition at Creek Creative (6 Oct – 1 Nov) will give a flavour of life in Faversham during the almost 400-year lifespan of the Abbey.
For further information and to book tickets for the Event on 24 Oct, drop in to Creek Creative at 1 Abbey Street, Faversham ME13 7BE: open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm & Sat-Sun 10am-4pm; call 01795 535515; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep up to date with FAVi by liking it on Facebook and following it on twitter @creek_creative.