Abbey 1000 Celebrations In 2022

The first Patron Saint of England and King of East Anglia, Saint Edmund was enshrined in the Abbey lending his name to the town. The shrine brought visits from across the UK and abroad including Royalty as the Abbey became one of the most famous and wealthy pilgrimage locations in England.

It was destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Edmund’s bejeweled shrine was plundered but his body was missing. His whereabouts are still a mystery but it is thought he is buried somewhere in the Abbey’s grounds. 

Today, the extensive Abbey remains are surrounded by the Abbey Gardens, which are visited by some 1.3million people every year.

Year of celebrations in 2022

Among the special events planned are:

An exhibition of seven manuscripts from the Abbey Scriptorium, being reunited in their place of origin for the first time since 1539.  

A special Abbey of St Edmund exhibition in Moyse’s Hall Museum. 

Special Abbey 1000 tours with Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides.

A unique sculpture exhibition on display in the crypt within the Abbey ruins, where the shrine of St Edmund would have stood.

A specially developed self-guided Abbey 1000 Heritage Town Trail.

Plus The Crowning Glory sculpture, created for 2020's Bury in Bloom project by the community during the first national lockdown, will be able to be viewed in the Abbey Gardens.

Plus many more events and activities which will be announced later this year!

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