Join us for Cathedrals at Night: Twilight Talks, a series of evening talks about the Cathedral building and its secrets. Your ticket will include a one-hour talk, refreshments and a short tour of the Cathedral in the context to the special subject you’ll hear about from our knowledgeable speakers. Please book a separate tickets for each talk you wish to attend.
Thursday 26 October: Rev’d Tony Redman
The stones of Bury St Edmunds focusing on Gods Square.
Rev Tony Redman MA FRICS was surveyor of the fabric at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for 25 years from 1991 to 2016. He is currently writing a book on the building stones of Suffolk and is the author of a GeoSuffolk leaflet on the building stones, in what historian John Betjeman referred to as “Gods Square” in Bury St Edmunds. His talk will focus on the use and history surrounding some of the building stones used in this part of the town and beyond, based on recent research.
Thursday 9 November: Horry Parsons
Building the Tower
Horry Parsons was the project manager of the Millennium Tower Project, which saw the additional of the Cathedral Tower to St Edmundsbury in the early 2000s. Horry’s talk will begin by answering the question; why didn’t the Cathedral have a tower before this millennium? It will continue into how the company he worked for won the contract and built the tower. There’s plenty of anecdotes and Suffolk humour included!
Thursday 30 November: Alison Dickens BA MCIfA
The Work of the Bury St Edmunds Cathedral Archaeologist.
Alison Dickens BA MCIfA is the Director of Granta Heritage Ltd. and has been a professional archaeologist in the region for over 30 years. She was appointed as the Archaeologist at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2020. Alison will talk about what being a cathedral archaeologist entails, looking at the legal setting, responsibilities and how the archaeology of the Cathedral Precinct sits within the broader context of the historic Abbey of St Edmund.
T&Cs: We will honour refund requests where possible, if made more than 48 hours before an event start time. Refunds will be issued minus booking and admin fee.
Book tickets here.