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Medieval shield gets a taste of modern medicine to help reveal its secrets

One of Canterbury Cathedral's most treasured historical items has had a taste of modern medicine.

The 14th Century Black Prince's Shield was given a CT scan at Kent and Canterbury Hospital to help experts decide whether it was purely ceremonial or if it was made for battle.

The scan was paid for by the Cathedral and performed out of normal working hours.

The shield hung above the Black Prince's tomb in the Cathedral's Trinity Chapel for 600 years before it was taken down and replaced with a replica in the 1950s in an effort to protect the original.

Now as part of the £24.7million Canterbury Journey project the shield is being prepared for display later this year and this has given experts an opportunity to find out more about its history.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral, Heather Newton and radiographer at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Peter Such.


Modern art in a historic space at Canterbury Cathedral

From stained glass to a glass installation of a very different kind at Canterbury Cathedral.

One hundred glass vessels have been hung in the formation of a boat - reflecting on the last 100 years - from the the end of the First World War, through to continuing European tension.

The artists finished suspending the installation late last night and our cameras were the first to see the new work.

Sarah Saunders spoke to the artists and the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.

'Biggest building project in 500 years' offers rare views of Canterbury Cathedral - full report

It's the most famous landmark in the South East - attracting almost a million tourists a year. Now Canterbury Cathedral is undergoing its biggest restoration ever.

The conservation scheme called 'The Canterbury Journey' is costing close to £25million. A painstaking process mixing engineering with a place of quiet daily worship.

The first step - an enormous scaffolding built inside the cathedral - is now almost finished and offers stunning views of the building itself.

Andy Dickenson went to take a look and spoke to site manager Matthew Butler, head of conservation Heather Newton and Mark Hosea, project director.

Kent Police officers to patrol key locations with guns

From today - for the first time - armed police will be routinely patrolling in Kent.

Officers trained in firearms and taser will be placed at locations including Canterbury Cathedral, the Port of Dover and Bluewater.

Kent Police say it's an important strategy to protect the public in light of recent terror attacks in Europe but others say it will make people feel less safe - not more. Sarah Saunders reports.


Cathedral to host service for lost babies

A service for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy is being held at Canterbury Cathedral today.

It's part of a series of services in cathedrals and minsters across the country.

The Saying Goodbye services have been established by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who have suffered the loss of five babies.

The services aim to remember and acknowledge the lives lost or cut short in a reflective service that is open to people of all faiths or no faith.

The Canterbury service begins at 12.30pm

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Want to meet the Ancestors? Once in a lifetime chance to see 800 year old stained glass.

After a year travelling the world Britain's oldest surviving stained glass has returned home and is going on display at Canterbury Cathedral, so visitors can see it up close for the first time in an exhibition called The Ancestors.

The glass had been in the Cathedral's Great South window but had to be taken out when the stone frame began to crumble.

It will be on show for a limited time - before being returned to its rightful place next year. So you will never have the chance to get this close again.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Leonie Seliger, Director of the Cathedral's stained glass studio and The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury.

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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been Kent today - to meet some of the last remaining members of The Few - the pilots who defended Britain from invasion in 1940. The Queen opened the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne - following in the footsteps of her mother, who unveiled the memorial at the cliff-top site in 1993. As the events of World War two fade from living memory the centre is designed to teach and remind the younger generations of the sacrifices made. Sarah Saunders reports.

First Christmas concert by cathedral's all-girls choir

Canterbury Cathedral's all-girls choir

Tonight for the first time in its history, a girls choir will perform a Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral.

The formation of the all girl choir in January ended a one-thousand year tradition of all male choristry at the Cathedral.

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