Canterbury Commemoration Society

Canterbury Commemoration Society

Canterbury Commemoration Society

Aphra Behn, the world’s first professional female writer

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The citizens of Canterbury are doubly blessed: they inhabit a place of undoubted charm, and they inherit a colourful heritage that reaches back over two millennia. The physical and cultural attractions of the modern city are obvious; less so the historical pillars on which they stand.

We believe that in an age of unprecedented change, a sense of where we have come from offers personal and civic security, a reassuring reference point in an uncertain present.

To this end, our Society seeks to increase awareness of Canterbury’s remarkable past, in all its variety, and thereby enrich the lives of all who live in or visit this historic city.

Our current no. 1 project is raising a statue to Canterbury-born Aphra Behn, the world’s first professional female writer. More on the campaign and the remarkable playwright, poet and spy, here. Donate now!

Other memorial and heritage projects we are managing or supporting include a working model of Whitstable Harbour in its heyday, an All-Tudor Martyrs Memorial, a Christopher Marlowe statue, and a City Statue Trail. More here.

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