Here are my main talks and tours for 2016. They include an exciting new project, Sacred China, in the autumn, as well as well-established favourites in the more familiar territory of medieval England, including Martin Randall Travel’s top UK tour, the delightful-to-lead Cathedrals of England.
19-20 March (probably): Five styles, Seven Churches. Contact me:. A hand–picked selection, all in Wiltshire, each delectable, and taking us chronologically through the main phases of medieval architecture, from Anglo-Saxon to Perpendicular. £75 a head for the two days.
20-28 April: Cathedrals of England. Martin Randall Travel. https://www.martinrandall.com/cathedrals-of-england. From Ely to Winchester via Durham and Wells (just a taster of the fuller itinerary) a selection of the finest buildings anywhere. The tour is being repeated in the autumn, led by Tim Tatton-Brown; I am also leading it twice in 2017.
13-15 May: Medieval Churches, Monasteries & Cathedrals of the Fenlands. Villiers Park Educational Trust. http://www.villierspark.org.uk/our-courses-and-programmes/adult-education/. An introduction to medieval churches, an exploration of a fascinating and distinctive landscape, and an itinerary of some of the most celebrated churches in England — all rolled into one.
23-27 May: Medieval East Anglia: Cities, Towns and Villages. Villiers Park Educational Trust.http://www.villierspark.org.uk/our-courses-and-programmes/adult-education/. An exploration of the fabric of medieval life, focusing on some of a series of memorable churches, from the Red Mount Chapel in King’s Lynn to Norwich Cathedral to Lavenham.
11 June: Oxford cathedral, Dorchester abbey. Contact me: jon_cannon@. Two remarkable former Augustinian shrine churches, vividly set in contrasting historic landscapes, and jammed with goodies. £40 a head.
16 July: Dayschool on Vaults. Contact me: jon_cannon@..Using Gloucester cathedral as our example, we will study how vaulting developed in the medieval period and learn to recognise the different types of vault the resulted, each spectacular in its own way. £40 a head.
7-10 September: Medieval Cambridge: History & Architecture. Villiers Park Educational Trust. Turning the city into a time machine from which to watch a new institution – the university – appear and develop, concentrating on its medieval architecture. http://www.villierspark.org.uk/our-courses-and-programmes/adult-education/
10-24 Oct: Sacred China. Martin Randall Travel. https://www.martinrandall.com/sacred-china?cacheid=20e7d115-a0d5-4d1e-aa4c-0748ac45009d. A new itinerary, and an exciting one, too: from the great imperial sacrificial complex of Tiantan in Beijing, to the desert Buddhist monastic caves at Dunhuang, I’m really looking forward to this. And I am leading Essential China again in the Autumn of 2017.
I am also lecturing, mostly to NADFAS groups, in Leatherhead, Stafford, Hull, Midhurst, Bristol, Kenilworth and Hersham, and leading private tours in Wells and Bath. Contact me (jon_cannonAThotmail.com) if you would like to attend one of these talks, or arrange a private tour of your own.