Material Witness at Canterbury Cathedral: Workshop Reflections

On the afternoon of 17th May 2019 graduate students across the CHASE consortium gathered at Canterbury Cathedral for the sixth and final Material Witness workshop of the term. An impressive building of international significance, Canterbury has witnessed much since its founding by Augustine in 597, including the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, the […]

Material Photography

The latest #MaterialWitness session encouraged participants to interrogate the materiality of photography through a series of unique experiments in analogue image making with artist and lecturer Melanie King (Royal College of Art). Focusing on basal photographic techniques, including chemigrams and lumen prints, practical experiments developed in tandem with a philosophical debate over the ubiquity of […]

Tate Archive – The Materiality of Conceptual Art

#MaterialWitness reconvened for 2019s third session at the Tate Archive in the basement of Tate Britain. Secluded from thronging exhibitions, a door opens onto the world’s foremost collection of documentation on post-1900 British art. This hoard includes more than 900 artists’ personal archives, 100,000 documentary photographs, 3,500 audio-visual recordings and 2,500 artist-designed posters, among other […]

Material Sound at The Horniman Museum

The second of the #MaterialWitness 2019 events took place at the Horniman Museum, a hidden treasure in South East London and home to Frederick John Horniman’s extraordinary collection of objects. Ranging from anthropology to musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a butterfly house and natural history collection, there aren’t many museums that can […]

Lambeth Palace Library – Manuscripts and materiality (and a lucky tortoise)

#MaterialWitness 2019 got underway at Lambeth Palace Library with a group of CHASE students from the Universities of East Anglia, Kent, Sussex, SOAS, Birkbeck, The Courtauld Institute and The Open University. Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of […]


Very excited to announce that Material Witness, established in 2013 with funding from AHRC and thereafter supported by CHASE Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts, will be running at The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum for humanities researchers in the CHASE consortium. Designed to provide interdisciplinary training in the interrogation of physical objects in […]