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Digital Reconstruction of Historic Abbey set to entertain visitors in Ramsgate: Pugin Week 2017

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01 September 2017

St Augustines Monk
The creator of a brand new digital reconstruction of historic St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury, will be bringing his display to St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, as part of Pugin Week 2017. Howard Griffin, Lecturer and Programme Director at the University of Kent, will be presenting a free talk on Saturday 9th September at 4pm in the Visitor Centre at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate. As part of a MA programme, Griffin and his students have recreated in virtual reality the buildings of St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury, and the display is now part of the exhibition at the English Heritage site in Canterbury. Griffin will be showing the project at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, as part of Pugin Week 2017.

This is one of many events during Pugin Week.

Pugin Week celebrates the life and legacy of Augustus Pugin – the Ramsgate resident who designed Big Ben and led the worldwide Gothic Revival. He was one of the most influential designers and architects Britain has produced, and who made his home in Ramsgate. He lived 1812-1852, and his impact is still being felt today.

Pugin Week runs 7th – 14th September, with free events at the National Pugin Centre, at St Augustine’s, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate.

Other highlights of the Week include:
  • Meet Pugin and his relatives on the Ramsgate Costumed Walk (Fri 8th Sept, 2.30pm, assemble at the West Cliff lift)

  • Annual Pugin Lecture – “Beyond Puginism” by renowned Pugin scholar, Gerard Hyland (Mon 11th Sept, 7pm)

  • Churchyard Tour – a chance to discover the fascinating people buried in this beautiful churchyard overlooking the English Channel, with professional genealogist Elizabeth Peters (Sun 10th Sept, 2pm)

  • John Hardman Powell and Ramsgate” – a talk on Pugin’s son-in-law’s time and links to Ramsgate, given by Pugin expert Michael Fisher (Tue 12th Sept, 7pm)

  • Guided tours of St Augustine’s on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th at 11am, and 1pm (additionally at 3pm on Saturday)

  • Pugin Concert given by The Victoria Consort (tickets are £10 for the concert) (Sun 10th Sept, 7pm)

  • Children’s Activity Afternoon making and painting tiles (Sat 9th Sept, 12.30pm – 3pm)

  • Restoration Illustrated” – a talk about the Heritage Lottery Fund journey at St Augustine’s by Centre Manager, John Coverdale (Wed 13th Sept, 7pm)

All events are free, with donations requested. Only the concert has a small charge of £10, and tickets can be bought on the door or reserved by calling 01843 606756.

The full programme is available here:

This year’s Pugin Week festival is the first since the substantial completion of the return of St Augustine’s to Pugin’s original designs. Pugin called this place “my own child”, though he is most famous for his designs of Big Ben and the House of Lords.

The restoration of “Big Ben” – noted recently in the media as the bell has been silenced – is placing Pugin at the heart of the nation’s mind. This autumn ITV will air a programme focussing on Big Ben and the restoration of the Houses of Parliament. This programme was partly filmed in St Augustine’s earlier this year.

St Augustine’s is taking part in Heritage Open Days again this year (7th – 10th September), which fall during Pugin Week. St Augustine’s will be open and free to explore, with the activities of Pugin Week turning the festival into a great event.

On the Saturday of Pugin Week, 9th September, St Augustine’s will be taking part in the annual “Ride and Stride” fundraiser for Friends of Kent Churches. This involves people being sponsored to travel by foot or bicycle between many churches in Kent, and half the money goes to their nominated church whilst the other half goes to Friends of Kent Churches.

Pugin (1812 – 1852) settled in Ramsgate in 1844, having visited the town numerous times throughout his life. Here he built his own house (The Grange) and, next door, St Augustine’s Church with his own money. These buildings show Pugin’s “true principles” (as he called his methods) of design perfectly, and are amongst the finest Gothic Revival buildings in the world. Both are Listed Grade I.

Centre Manager, John Coverdale, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming many people to the Pugin Week Festival once again. Augustus Pugin is a truly national figure, and some of his greatest work was achieved in Ramsgate. It is tremendous that the town is celebrating him, in the place where he is buried and where he made his home.

The Week has something for everyone. From costumed walks, to children’s activities, from talks to tours – this is really a great heritage week.

Pugin week runs 7th September – 14th September in the National Pugin Centre at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate.

The full programme is available here:

For more information, call 01843 606756 or e-mail