Julia Peters, Canterbury representative of the Confraternity, received funding from the University of Kent to design and print 6,500 copies of a leaflet on the Via Francigena for the Canterbury Visitor’s Centre.
‘It is vital for the local promotion of the route that Canterbury residents are aware that they live at kilometre 0 of a Cultural Route,’ Julia stated at a presentation of the leaflet at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge on 5 May. Present at the reception was Peter Morris of the North Downs Way, a National Trail which shares the same paths as the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Dover. Also present were representatives from the Canterbury City Council, the Canterbury Heritage Design Forum, Canterbury Cathedral, Historic England and The Canterbury Society. The presentation was met with great enthusiasm. Bob Jones of the Canterbury Business Improvement District (BID) approached Julia after her presentation to express interest in helping to resolve the issue with accommodation between Canterbury to Dover. Julia hopes that continued promotion of the route in Canterbury will result in an enduring commitment to improve signage and facilities for pilgrims on our 20 miles of the Francigena.