Medieval Discovery Gallery


Packed with objects and stories relating to Canterbury’s Medieval buildings, inhabitants and visitors, this gallery has hands-on activities for all the family. Displays include:

  • A Pilgrim’s Meal at a Canterbury inn with pots and jugs including an animal-shaped aquamanile and a face jug
  • Pilgrim souvenirs with a range of pilgrim badges and ampulae for holy water
  • Medieval buildings, from a builder’s plumb bob to padlocks, part of a window frame and decorated floor tiles made at Tyler Hill, near Canterbury
  • Learning a trade
  • Meet the monk

From the windows of the Medieval Discovery Gallery you can see the only surviving part of the medieval friary built by the Franciscans – known as the Greyfriars from the colour of their habits. The friary once included a church, chapter house, refectory, library, infirmary and dormitory. Closed during the Reformation, most of it was dismantled for building stone to be used elsewhere, or fell into decay. The Franciscans are now back and the peaceful Greyfriars Chapel gardens include a wildflower meadow.


The Medieval Discovery Gallery at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Medieval Discovery Gallery. © Canterbury Museums and Galleries collection.

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