“Finding Eanswythe: The Life and Afterlife of an Anglo Saxon Saint” focuses on the history behind St. Eanswythe to discover more about her life and times and events that followed over the ensuing 1400 years. St Eanswythe is Folkestone’s patron saint. She lived in the 7th century and what were thought to be her bones were discovered more than 100 years ago. In March 2020, it was confirmed that they are indeed those of the saint who is thought to have died in her late teens or early 20s.
Dr Eleanor Parker of Oxford University has emphasised the importance of St Eanswythe, not just to Folkestone but in the development of the Christian religion: “The whole story of Kentish Christianity, which is so important a part of the history of Anglo-Saxon England, is embodied in this young woman’s bones.”
Volunteers of all ages have taken part and the project has offered wonderful opportunities in: history, mapping, archaeology, art and curation, living history and website development.
The project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with matched funding from a range of partners including The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.
More information about the project is at https://findingeanswythe.uk/
(Image courtesy of Finding Eanswythe Project – https://findingeanswythe.uk/)