Saturday May 15th 

This year’s Friends’ Day lecture and AGM will be delivered online via Zoom, starting at 1.45pm


Written in Bone, Written in Ink

We are delighted that Dr Emma Pomeroy, who was to join us for Friends’ Day in 2020, has agreed to deliver the Friends’ Day lecture a year later instead. She is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, and specialises in osteo-archaeology – the analysis of bones uncovered in archaeological excavations. What this can reveal about the lives of those concerned, and how it can add to the often limited knowledge available from written historical sources, is becoming increasingly appreciated. Dr Pomeroy was part of the team analysing finds from the most recent archaeological excavation on the Cathedral site, and provided expert advice for the project to create a digital reconstruction of the face of Abbot John of Wheathampstead, sponsored by the Friends. Her lecture will reveal the scientific skills required to uncover the story hidden in individual remains, but also the contribution which osteo-archaeology can make to historical understanding more generally.

Before returning to the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge in 2019, Dr Pomeroy worked at Liverpool John Moores University. She has also been involved in projects around the world, including South America, South Asia, continental Europe and the Middle East.


Annual General Meeting

The lecture will be followed at around 2.45pm by the 72nd Annual General Meeting of The Fraternity of the Friends of St Albans Cathedral, an agenda booklet for which was sent to all members with the Spring 2021 issue of The Alban Link at the end of March.

This event is intended for Friends only. Attendance at both AGM and talk is free to all members.

If you wish to attend please be sure to book a place. We will then be able to keep you up to date with arrangements for the afternoon, and send you email instructions for joining on the day.

You can book online here using the button below. Tickets will be available until Monday May 10th. Please provide a current email address when you book.

Once the Box Office is able to reopen, bookings can also be made by calling 01727 890290.

To participate in this event you will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio, so you can hear the proceedings. You can also join by dialing in using a telephone, but won’t be able to see the speaker or any visual aids.

If you have any queries, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to help.


Booking for this event has now closed.