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Coventry’s medieval story told like never before

Colouring bookThe City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild, with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Office and the University of Warwick is launching Coventry’s first medieval colouring book. The book illustrates life in medieval Coventry and celebrates the city’s rich history and heritage.

The Launch will take place on Thursday 10th November 2016 at 6:00pm, in St Mary’s Guildhall with the occasion being hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Lindsley Harvard.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry said: “I am delighted to host and support Past Master Peter Wilford’s creative vision, which opens up a window into Coventry’s medieval history. I am confident it will become a ‘must have’ publication not only for children but to the wider population, to learn about our City’s past.”

He went on to say, “A significant part of the proceeds of sale will go to local Coventry charities, which is very commendable and I must congratulate the Guild and local businesses and organisations for supporting the production and printing of this beautifully illustrated book.”

The richly illustrated A4 colouring book, by Cathy Renken, provides an opportunity for creativity as well as education, with snippets of fascinating information about the history of Coventry’s medieval walled city, which boasted 12 historic gates.

Highlighted in the book are the visits of kings and queens, the role of civic leaders and merchants as well as the various trades employed to benefit the city. The book even has illustrations showing various types of entertainment such as musicians and plays during the medieval period.


The Coventry Medieval Colouring Book was the vision of Peter Wilford, Past Master of the Guild and will contribute towards Coventry’s City of Culture bid in 2021.

Peter Wilford, Past Master of the Guild said: “I would like to help children and the people of Coventry celebrate the city’s rich medieval and cultural history. There is so much to explore and the beautiful illustrations and forgotten facts in this book really help to bring Coventry’s medieval history to life.”

The book will be available from the Tourist Information Centre, Herbert Museum and various local heritage places and retails at £4.99.

Notes for Editors

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The City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild represents people who have served an indentured apprenticeship in a profession or trade within the boundary of Coventry and who have been admitted as a Freeman or Freewoman at a ceremony in the presence of the Lord Mayor.

It promotes the many benefits of apprenticeship in the interests of the continued prosperity and development of Coventry.

The Guild plays an active role in the civic life of the City, by raising money for local charities and promotes the values and achievements of Coventry at a national level through its links and partnerships throughout the UK.



Alex Buxton: Media Relations Manager, University of Warwick

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