Conventry's Medieval Treasures

A Digital Discovery

Self-guided Tours

We’re planning a series of self-guided tours designed to unearth Coventry’s medieval treasures – the beautiful buildings that can still be seen within the urban landscape and those long since lost but recorded in photographs taken in the recent past and evocatively captured in watercolour paintings and line drawings from The Herbert’s rarely seen art collection.

Subject to a successful funding bid, the tours are planned for use on a smartphone/tablet using a multimedia narrative. They will also be available as leaflets downloadable from the website.

Taking you to a number of waypoints around the city, the tours will:

  • Present ‘then’ and ‘now’ images to reveal the medieval streets and buildings as depicted by artists and recorded by photographers.
  • Give you a glimpse of what Coventry was like during the Middle Ages.
  • Introduce you to the people associated with the city – from townsfolk and merchants to noblemen and royalty, and everyone in between!

  • Unearth some of the medieval artefacts recently discovered by archaeologists.
  • Tell the story of how Coventry became an important royal residence for King Henry VI and Queen Margaret of Anjou in the 1450s.
  • Reveal exquisite documents that provide a fascinating insight into the social, working, religious and administrative life of the city’s inhabitants.
  • Enable you to identify your whereabouts on John Speed’s 1610 map of the medieval city.
  • Encourage you to deepen and enrich your knowledge of medieval Coventry by spending time in the places seen or referred to on the tour.


Medieval Coventry registered charity no. 1171572

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