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A gimpse of Abbot John Reeve?

A recurring theme of this blog recently has been the search for images of abbots of Bury St Edmunds. Last year I drew attention to a surviving depiction of Abbot … Continue reading

December 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

English Social and Local History at Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education

Today I delivered a day of remote teaching for Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education on the Undergraduate Diploma in English Social and Local History. My three lectures focussed on … Continue reading

December 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

‘Christmas Ghosts’ for the Churches Conservation Trust

This afternoon I delivered my second live Facebook lecture for the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), following on from my lecture on ‘Macabre Church Lore’ in October. The theme this time … Continue reading

December 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Christianity on Hadrian’s Wall in The Catholic Herald

My article ‘Christianity on Hadrian’s Wall’ has just been published in the December edition of The Catholic Herald. In the article I discuss a discovery announced in August this year, … Continue reading

December 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

The ‘curse of St Edmund’ on BBC Radio Suffolk

This morning I was once again interviewed by James Hazell on BBC Radio Suffolk for the ‘Spooky Suffolk’ segment, this time on ‘the curse of St Edmund’. On the eve … Continue reading

November 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Friday the Thirteenth on BBC Essex

This morning I spoke on BBC Radio Essex about the origins of the belief that Friday 13th is an unlucky day, as well as other ‘superstitions’, including the belief that … Continue reading

November 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Translating the Act of Remembrance into Latin

Many of the great British institutions where the use of Latin is (or was, until very recently) commonplace in worship suffered enormous loss of life in the two World Wars, … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Article in Transforming Ministry: ‘Readers in the Eastern Churches’

My article ‘Readers in the Eastern Churches’ has just been published in the Winter 2020 edition of Transforming Ministry, the magazine of the Church of England’s Central Readers’ Council. The … Continue reading

October 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

‘Macabre Church Lore’ for the Churches Conservation Trust

This afternoon I delivered a virtual talk for the Churches Conservation Trust on the subject of ‘Macabre Church Lore’ (you can listen to the talk here). The talk explored the … Continue reading

October 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Spooky Suffolk’ on BBC Radio Suffolk

  This afternoon I was interviewed on BBC Radio Suffolk (listen from 3:17:00) as part of what will become a regular segment on ‘Spooky Suffolk’, featuring weird tales and unexplained … Continue reading

October 9, 2020 · Leave a comment