Dr Colin J Dudley D.F.C.  Ph.D. 

Born in London, and educated at Eltham College, Colin Joseph Dudley was for twenty years Director of Visual Arts Studies at the present University of Canterbury Christ Church. He was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Cathedral and became an authority on its architectural history, publishing a number of innovative investigative research papers leading to important findings.  Previously he had been Head of School of Foundation and Teacher Training Studies combining the work of both the College of Art and the College of Education at Loughborough.  He was a Recognised Lecture of the Universities of Nottingham, London, and Kent , and the External Examiner in Creative Design for the University of Nottingham.

As an artist of note Colin Dudley has exhibited numerous paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works, many of which are in public and private collections, particularly in the field of portraiture, although his interests in art are very wide.

For family and medical reasons, in 1983, at the age of sixty, he retired to Australia , where he has continued with his creative work in art, as well as with his long held interest in architectural geometry. He has been also much in demand as a lecturer. In 2002 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural History in recognition of his thesis on the architectural geometry of Peterborough Cathedral.


Canterbury Cathedral: the small portrait sculptures of the pulpitum c 1400  Archaeologia Cantiana 1980

The Norman Staircase and the Aula Nova.  Canterbury Cathedral Chronicle 1971.

The Romanesque towers of Canterbury Cathedral. A Reappraisal.  Cant. Cath. Chron. 1972

The Scriptorium of Canterbury Cathedral.  Cant. Cath. Chron. 1998

Sacred Geometry.  Cant. Cath. Chron.  1969.

The Shrine of St.Thomas. a Reconstruction. Cant. Cath. Chron. 1995

The Priory of Christ Church Canterbury in 1165. Pitkin Press. The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Painting on Plaster: Fresco and Tempera. Gypsum Journal 1967

Reconstruction of St. Augustine’s Abbey and the Saxon Cathedral at Canterbury Pitkin. City of Pilgrims. 1970


The original appearance of Titian’s first version of Christ Crowned with Thorns (Louvre Cat. 1583) 1980.  

Israel in Egypt ” A Huguenot Celebration (Paper on Poussin and Handel)  1981

The Monks of Canterbury Cathedral: Monastic Life at Canterbury Cathedral in 1165.  1977

Cézanne and the Poussins 1990

The First Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Canterbury Cathedral, 1130 to 1175. 1993.

Holiday at Mentone. Conder’s Tragedy.  1970

Bending the Cathedral. The Deviations in the Axis of Canterbury Cathedral. 2006