“EN AVANT” – an art exhibition by Robert Dawson ~ Art in August

We are very pleased to welcome the artist Robert Dawson to St Augustine’s for his summer exhibition.

His work is fascinating, and must be seen.

The exhibition runs from Friday 14th July to Sunday 17th September; it is in the Visitor Centre and Cloisters of St Augustine’s, Ramsgate.

For this exhibition, all the works are new. Dawson has taken Pugin’s patterns and designs from tiles, windows, metalwork, and woodwork in St Augustine’s, which have inspired him to create brand new interpretations of the gothic style.

As the press release below says, “Dawson resamples and reinterprets many of Pugin’s Gothic motifs … then skilfully translates these on to canvas,  using more traditional materials such as paint, adhesive, and clay slip to build depth and complexity…”

The works are for sale, with a share of the price going to the Friends of St Augustine’s for the running and restoration of this inspiring place.

The exhibition is free. It runs 14th July – 17th September.



St Augustine Week returns for 2017 to celebrate the re-opening after the major Heritage Lottery Fund restoration.

You are invited to join the events!










Take a look at 27th May – National Pilgrimage Day with Cardinal Pell for the Feast of the Apostle of the English

Also come on 3rd June – Grand Re-opening with Archbishop Peter Smith to celebrate this £1.2 million restoration stage


We hope to see you during the Week!


GAUDETE – Christmas Concert, 17th December, 7.30pm


Celebrate Christmas with a wonderful evening of music from The Victoria Consort on 17th December.

Festive favourites and seasonal music will bring this wonderful time to life.

Christmas refreshments after the concert.

Tickets are only £10, including Christmas refreshments afterwards. Tickets available on the door, or phone 01843 606756, or e-mail office@augustineshrine.co.uk

Restoration: visit to see our tiles being made at Craven Dunnill Jackfield

St Augustine’s tiles are being lined up alongside tiles for the Houses of Parliament (the Palace of Westminster) at Craven Dunnill Jackfield tile manufacturers. Last Thursday our Rector, Centre Manager, and Architect (Fr Marcus Holden, John Coverdale, and Paul Sharrock) travelled to Telford to meet the team making the tiles and to see the processes involved.


A mould for tiles at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate

Craven Dunnill is a leader in specialist ceramics, and won the tender to produce the replacement tiles as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration here at Pugin’s personal church in Ramsgate. Their factory near Telford was founded in 1872 and is the oldest purpose-built tile factory in the world. It is part of the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, and is an active factory with a museum on site.

The team met with Chris Cox, head of encaustic tiles at Craven Dunnill, who spoke with them about the specific order at St Augustine’s, as well as showing the process of tile manufacturing.


Chris Cox shows the tile-making process


A blank mould and a mould ready to make tiles


Putting the slip on the tile

Encaustic tiles are a very important part of St Augustine’s. Augustus Pugin revived encaustic tile manufacture alongside Herbert Minton, who went on to tile buildings including the Houses of Parliament in London and the Capitol Building in Washington. Alongside stonework, woodwork, metalwork, and stained glass, tiles were part of Pugin’s revolution of design and style in the Gothic Revival.

New tiles are being made for St Augustine’s to replace lost and damaged tiles for the floors of the Chancel and Lady Chapel. They will be made using the same processes rediscovered by Pugin and Minton, copying Pugin’s designs used in those areas of St Augustine’s.

The Visitor Centre will have a display of original Minton tiles which were originally laid in Parliament, given to St Augustine’s from the Palace of Westminster.


PUGIN WEEK: 7th – 14th September

PuginWeekjpegPugin Week – the annual celebration of Augustus Pugin at his own site in Ramsgate – runs 7th – 14th September.

The week has talks, music, tours, children’s activities, and more. All events are FREE, except for the concert. There is something for everyone!

Join the workshop on Gregorian Chant to try this ancient singing for yourself. Bring children to make their own gothic buildings and designs. Tour the site with special emphasis on Stained Glass and the Great Exhibition. Hear about Rood Screens and more. Listen to Pugin’s own words read aloud.

A Concert on Saturday 10th, 7.30pm, will combine beautiful music and a talk about Pugin’s relationship with music. This will be a fascinating and entertaining evening. Tickets on the door for just £10.

See the poster for further details.

We look forward to seeing you at this Pugin festival!