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A wide range of online resources are available to help you learn more about pilgrimage and the remarkable life, death and legacy of Becket.


Learning resources

The Becket Story: The Life, Death and Influence of St Thomas Becket

This new resource explores the fascinating story of Thomas Becket, including his birth in London, rise to power within State and Church, his murder and sainthood, and his lasting influence, not only on London and Canterbury but across Britain and Europe.

The site provides downloadable materials for teachers of Key Stages 3 and 4. Lesson plans, activities and teaching notes are all available as PDF and Microsoft Powerpoint files.

This online resource was created by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the University of York, and generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Mercers Company.

Thomas of Canterbury (radio drama, reconstruction and music)

‘Thomas of Canterbury’ by David Windsor. Produced and directed by Earl Pennington, broadcast by Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio Canada (CBC) Tuesday Night on 29 Dec 1970. Radio drama, reconstruction and music, interspersed with commentary. With the voices of Michael Ramsey (Archbishop of Canterbury), Dom. David Knowles, Professor Christopher Brook, Canon Herbert Waddams, Canon Joseph Robinson, Professor Harold Williams, Dr William Urry, Dr John Bickersteth, Canon Derek Ingram Hill, and music recorded at the Cathedral during the Becket festival of 1970.  Original recordings digitised by Canterbury Cathedral Archives, reproduced here by kind permission of CBC Radio Canada.

Further resources at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Cassette recording ‘The story of Thomas Becket’, by BBC Radio 4 Kaleidoscope, 29 Dec 1978. With contributions from Dean Victor de Waal, former Archivist William Urry, Allan Wicks, Derek Ingram Hill, and architectural historian Alec Clifton-Taylor. Covers: Victor de Waal and William Urry talk about Becket’s last moments – Alec Clifton-Taylor talks about Crypt sculptures – Derek Ingram Hill describes the pilgrim steps – William Urry explains the history of the shrine – Alec Clifton-Taylor on the loss of stained glass – Music with Allan Wicks – Pilgrims in medieval and modern times. A printed transcript is also available. Note: Due to copyright restrictions this item is only available to researchers visiting the Archives in person (please enquire: