Events & Timeline

See the list below for a timeline of project events and associated conferences, congresses and symposia that the Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals project will be involved in.

Past events

Cathedrals, Mission, and the Power of 'Place', Past, Present and Future Conference
November 2017
Lambeth Palace, The Guard Room and State Drawing Room

This conference, which took place at the conclusion of an important three-year partnership between the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the University of York and the Church of England, brought together Chapter members, education and visitor department staff, and other stakeholders to discuss key theological and practical issues, share best practice, and consider new mission strategies.

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Cathedrals Plus Conference: Journeys
September 2017
York Minster

Papers given by Dee Dyas, Louise Hampson, Marion Bowman, Tiina Sepp and John Jenkins.

Visiting and Engaging with Sacred Places Past and Present workshop
July 2017
University of York

As part of disseminating the findings of our research project examining experiences of visiting and engaging with sacred places, past and present, we ran a half-day workshop for those who manage a wide range of sites of religious or spiritual significance, such as former monastic sites, in order to inform debate about how such sites are promoted, managed and interpreted.

Historic England and English Heritage are partners in this research project but we extended this invitation to members of other heritage organisations such as the National Trust who find themselves facing new and challenging demands from visitors wishing to understand and explore the religious/spiritual dimensions of sites in greater depth.

Fresh Perspectives on Pilgrimage and Place
July 2017
University of York

This conference was designed as an opportunity to share research outcomes of the 3 year AHRC funded project on ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present’ in conversation with others working in the fields of pilgrimage and both journey- and place-related spirituality.

For more information, see our conference webpage.

Cathedrals Workshop
July 2017
University of York

Our research project into past and present experience of pilgrimage has focused on four case-study cathedrals (Canterbury, Durham, York and Westminster Cathedral), but the issues raised and findings are relevant to all cathedrals, and would usefully inform debate about visitor management, interpretation, and the challenges of balancing a cathedrals’ dual identities as sacred spaces and heritage sites for the many audiences who visit.

We are therefore inviting key staff with responsibility for visitor engagement and education to explore together what the research findings suggest and how best to disseminate best practice in a half-day workshop on 17th July in York. There are a few places left, so click here more information on how to book. Closing date is 30th June 2017.

Feast Day of St John Southworth
June 2017
Westminster Cathedral

Visit Westminster Cathedral on the feast day of their resident saint, St John Southworth, and explore his life and example with a short prayer trail we have created around the Cathedral.

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Pilgrimage Experience Day at Durham Cathedral
June 2017
Durham Cathedral

Join us for our Pilgrimage Experience Day at Durham Cathedral on Friday 9th June.

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RHS Symposium: Putting History in its Place: Historic Landscapes and Environments
April 2017
University of Chester

Dee Dyas and John Jenkins, 'Pilgrimage and the sacred environment in medieval English cathedrals'

Symposium: Places and Processes of Pilgrimage, Past and Present
January 2017
University of Tartu, Estonia

Tiina Sepp, 'From Canterbury to Durham: Pilgrimage to and at English Cathedrals'

Landscapes Seminar Series, Durham University
November 2016
Durham University

John Jenkins: Cultivating the Sacred Environment: The Experience of Pilgrimage in Medieval English Cathedrals'


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