The John Hayes Archive

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The John Hayes Archive


John Laurance Hayes

24 June 1920 - 20 February 1980


It was as a lieutenant (R.N.V.R) in the submarine service of the Royal Navy that John Hayes was made a Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau, the highest honer in the gift of the Queen of the netherlands, for valour and outstanding achievement while seconded to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

After the war he worked for six years in full-time social service in the East End of London and then in Westminster.

Between 1953 and 1955 he trained for teaching at the College of S. Mark and S. John, London, where he was awarded Distinction in all parts of the ours. He studied for a B.Sc. (Honours) degree as a part-time student at the London School of Economics and was awarded the Lilian Knowles scholarship as the best student in his year.

He was for eight years the Head of Social Studies and History at Walworth Comprehensive School, London, where he displayed the remarkable talent for teaching and for organisation that led in 1965 to his appointment to the staff of Christ Church College, Canterbury, where he became Principal Lecturer and Head of the History Department. He was a member of the Governing Body of the College from 1967-70, and again from 1979 until his death. He was also the College staff organiser for student voluntary social work, and for the Former Students' Association, throughout his membership of the College.

John Hayes' love of Canterbury Cathedral was expressed in his highly valued work as a cathedral guide, and in his work as a Council and Executive Committee member of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.

Among the many organisations conversed with the welfare of the City of Canterbury with which he was actively involved were:

  • The Canterbury Branch of the Historical Association (chairman)
  • The Canterbury Archaeological Society (chairman)
  • The Kent Archaeological Society
  • The Canterbury Archaeological Trust
  • The Sidney Cooper Society (Founder and First President)
  • The canterbury Society (Vice-chairman, Chairman of the Planning Committee)
  • The Canterbury Urban Studies Centre (Founder and Past Chairman)
  • The Friends of the Royal Museum
  • Canterbury Conservation Advisory Committee
  • The Canterbury Committee for Tourism
  • The Canterbury-Whistable Railway Celebrations Committee

A John Hates Memorial Trust Fund has been established with the ultimate aim of setting up a Heritage Centre for Canterbury. Donations should be sent to: The Urban Studies Centre, St. Pete's Lane, Canterbury.