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Reformation 500th Anniversary Study Day

In 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 theses or complaints against the Church on the door of the castle

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Reformation 500th Anniversary Study Day

Posted By : Marie Thomas Wednesday 18th October 2017

In 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 theses or complaints against the Church on the door of the castle chapel in Wittenberg – the event that launched the Protestant Reformation, a revolution whose consequences we still live with today.

To mark the 500th anniversary of that momentous event Salisbury Cathedral is hosting a study day looking at the impact and repercussions of this event in Britain and specifically Salisbury, on Saturday, 28 October

Sarah Rickett, Director of Outreach and Learning at the Cathedral said: “Events are taking place across Europe to reflect on and mark the Reformation. It is hard to imagine in today’s multicultural society just how big the impact was. It would have affected everyone, rich and poor, educated and otherwise. It changed the face of religion in Europe and here in Salisbury. The study day will take people through those turbulent times and give them an insight into what the Reformation meant at the time and its legacy.”

The Reformation Study day will take place in the North Transept starting at 10.15


10.30 - 11.30 
England's reformations: myths and memories by Dr Lucy Wooding. Dr Wooding explores the different ways in which the Reformation shaped English society, and how it has been remembered, mythologized, and contested. Dr Wooding is the Langford Fellow and Tutor in History at Lincoln College Oxford, and a specialist in the history of the Reformation


11.45 - 12.45 
The Reformation at Salisbury Cathedral through the Library and Archive collections by Emily Naish Cathedral Archivist.  A chance to see rare books and documents from the time


12.45 – 14.00 
Lunch - participants can take time to visit the Trinity Chapel to view an elaborate reconstruction of St Osmund’s shrine, replicated through the use of archival descriptions


14.00 – 15.30
The Impact of the Reformation on the People of Salisbury, workshop exploring revealing evidence left by churchwardens who were at St Thomas and St Edmund’s during the Reformation period and how the religious upheavals of the Tudor period were experienced by the people of Salisbury.


15.45 – 17.00
Activities (participants should only select one):

a) Salisbury Cathedral Tour of the Reformation - 60 minutes

b) Guided visit to St Thomas’s Church - 60 minutes

c) A hands-on practical workshop recreating pre-Reformation illumination/book binding with gold leaf – 90 minutes


Prices and booking
Tickets for all three talks, teas and coffee and one special activity (lunch is excluded) are £40 - bookings can be made here 

For any other enquiries or further information contact Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral 01722 555148