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MR James Lecture

Part of the Abbey 1000 celebrations!

MR James Lecture
Start Date: 26 May 2022
Start Time: 7pm (TBC)
End Date: 26 May 2022

The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LU

MR James is best known for his ghost stories, but his work as a medievalist scholar remains highly respected in scholarly circles and researching the Abbey of St Edmund was a lifelong passion.

M R James’ seminal lecture on the Abbey of St Edmund was delivered at the Athenaeum on Thursday, 21 April 1932, and 2022 will mark the 90th anniversary of his lecture.

The handwritten notes of his lecture were found in Cambridge University Library by Richard Hoggett (RH) in 2018 while preparing the Abbey Heritage Assessment. Historian Dr Richard Hoggett transcribed the notes in February 2018, and edited and published them in the Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History in 2020.

On May 26 a recreation of James’ Athenaeum lecture will be given as part of the Abbey 1000 celebrations. Robert Lloyd Parry, a performance storyteller of M R James’ ghost stories, will give a dramatized reading of the lecture, introduced by Dr Richard Hoggett.

The lecture is sponsored by The Bury Society.

Ticket details coming soon ...

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