Becket Pilgrim Badge Display
St Thomas Becket is an internationally renowned figure but his connections to London are rather less well-known. For over 300 years, Londoners flocked to Becket’s shrine in Canterbury often returning with a pewter badge as a keepsake.
Hundreds of these pilgrim souvenirs have been recovered from London excavations and mudlarking activity along the Thames. The Museum of London holds the largest collection of pilgrim badges in the country.
The badges will be used to illustrate Thomas Becket’s extraordinary life and his connections to the capital as visitors are encouraged to undertake their own mini-pilgrimage through the museum’s Medieval London Gallery.
The display will deal with Thomas Becket the man and his early life in London, his exile and murder, the impact of his death and rise in miracle cures and finally, Becket’s shrine and the Jubilee of the Martyrdom in 1220.