Measuring Up

Material Witness

Diane Heath, currently completing a PhD on the medieval Bestiary at the University of Kent, reports on the ‘Size Matters’ workshop at the University of East Anglia, 24-25 May 2014

IMG_0392 (1) Norwich Cathedral

It’s 159.3 miles from Canterbury Cathedral to Norwich Cathedral (1) or 3 hours 45 minutes by train as my idle googling informed me on the railway platform. This was my somewhat idiosyncratically measured approach to the AHRC Material Witness ‘Size Matters’ workshop held on May Bank Holiday weekend. Not that my journey to Norwich had a particularly uniform velocity; the High Speed train duly whizzes along at up to 140mph between Ashford and Ebbsfleet but Abiello Greater Anglia trains were clearly constructed along less speedy principles. I’d be reminded of the Howlin’ Wolf song ‘I’m built for comfort baby, I ain’t built for speed [but I got everythin’ a good woman needs]’ if their carriages had had…

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