2020 – A Year of Discovery

The history of St Edmund and the Abbey built in his honour captures the imagination but even more of its past could be discovered in 2020 and beyond.


Next year will see community celebrations and other events held in Bury St Edmunds to mark 1000 years since the foundation of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute.

As part of the special year, the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership will be applying for grant funding that would, if successful, enable it to gain a better understanding of the structures, artefacts and other links to the Abbey’s medieval past that may lie beneath a large part of the Abbey of St Edmund area.


It hopes to do this through a geophysical scan – a way of seeing what’s buried without disturbing the ground.

The Reverend Canon Matthew Vernon from St Edmundsbury Cathedral, chairman of the Heritage Partnership, said: “We want to find out more about the archaeology and history of the Abbey of St Edmund to help us tell more of the story of St Edmund and the Abbey to local people and visitors. There has been lots of speculation and excitement about the possibility that St Edmund, the martyred King of East Anglia and first patron saint of England, may be buried within the abbey grounds. It has captured the hearts and imaginations of local residents and the thousands of visitors who come to the Abbey each year. The simple answer is that none of us knows about that with any certainty.’

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