Revealing the mysteries of the Canterbury Roll

The Canterbury Roll is a five-metre long English genealogical text, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Part of UCs  collection since 1918, the Canterbury Roll was created in the early 1400s, begins with Noah and traces the rulers of England from the mythical Brutus to King Edward IV. It was subsequently modified a number of times before it emerged in its final form, probably during the reign of King Richard III.

Modern UC researchers and students are now asking new questions and developing new techniques to increase access to this unique historic item. In this UC Connect public lecture – Revealing the Mysteries of the Canterbury Roll – project director Dr Chris Jones shares the results of cutting-edge scientific research undertaken at the start of 2018 by a team of British and New Zealand researchers.