Forming in September 2016 and comprising a small group of volunteers, the Rochester Cathedral Research Guild has embarked on the collation of the cathedral’s historical, archaeological and architectural documentation and researching the many buildings, artefacts and persons featuring in the long history of the site. The Guild also records the building’s architectural and artistic features to aid their interpretation and conservation. The ultimate objective of these researches is the production of publications, mostly in the form of archive reports, to an academic standard and available freely online.
The Research Guild is also working to publish online a series of transcriptions and translations of texts from the Textus Roffensis (Rochester, Cathedral Library, MS A. 3. 5.) by Dr Chris Monk. The focus is on texts that have yet to be translated, or fully translated, elsewhere – or, if they do exist, are not readily accessible.
The Guild works closely with the Friends of Rochester Cathedral in, amongst other projects, digitising and republishing the trove of information contained within their annual reports, starting in 1936. The Guild is also partnered with Heritage4D; a company specialising in virtual modelling techniques to aid interpretation of historical sites and archaeological data, together creating models and media from around the UK and overseas, but particularly of historical architecture and artefacts from ecclesiastical sites. The Guild’s work is supervised by Graham Keevill, Cathedral Archaeologist since 2007, and is supported and made possibly by all the members of staff, volunteers and visitors to the cathedral.
Jacob Scott PCIfA
Director, Rochester Cathedral Research Guild
You can read more on the recent researches of the Guild at: rochestercathedral.org/rochester-cathedral-research-guild