In a unique event for the festival, Emma Wells leads the modern traveller along some of the key medieval pilgrim routes of Britain, taking in sites such as Holywell, Canterbury and Lindisfarne in addition to out-of-the-way places along paths not so widely travelled. Her latest book is a walking guide with a difference: each path is mapped out and accompanied by an informative commentary on its history as a medieval pilgrim route as well as its landscape, shrines, art and architecture, both past and present. One of the routes – the Welsh Saints’ Way – comes close to Chester and so there will be plenty of local interest to be uncovered, especially as Emma has also researched the use of St Werburgh’s shrine at Chester Cathedral for a forthcoming chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain.

An expert in uncovering the history of buildings, Emma is also running a workshop at the festival aimed at anyone who wants to uncover their own home’s past – The History of your House.

About the author
Emma Wells is an academic, consultant and author and is Associate Lecturer and Programme Director of Parish Church Studies within the department of History and Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. She is an authority on historic buildings and sites, and their corresponding social, cultural and religious history and has contributed to Channel 4’s Time Team and BBC’s Great British Story.

Duration

Approx 60 mins

Creative work details

Title: pilgrim routes
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