St Albans Cathedral’s Study Centre unveils a magical Autumn programme

Autumn term at St Albans Cathedral’s award winning Study Centre is set to inform, challenge and excite, as a unique and topical programme for September to December is unveiled. Lined up are talks on a range of topics from literature and history, to the relationship between science and the Christian faith.

2017 has been a big year for literary anniversaries and to celebrate 20th years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on Thursday 7th December, there will be the opportunity to explore the theme of Biblical parallels in the Harry Potter novels in light of J K Rowling’s faith. This fascinating talk is not to be missed and tickets are expected to sell fast, so early booking is advised.

Our series of talks on the theme of Science and Faith will also continue into the Autumn. On Friday 17th November, the Revd Professor Nick Goulding, Diocesan Advisor for Faith and Science, will explore the controversial topic of prayer as a treatment for illness and whether there is any scientific evidence to support claims of healing through prayer.

The Cathedral this year celebrated a special anniversary: Matthew Paris 800. A unique talk will take place on Monday 13th November at 7.30pm exploring the 13th century monk and his Medieval Manuscripts. The talk will be given by librarians from the Parker Library, University of Cambridge, Dr Alexander Devine and Dr Anne McLaughlin. They take care of Paris’ Chronica Maiora, an illuminated manuscript Chronicle which would have been created at St Albans Cathedral when it was still a Benedictine Monastery.

Additional highlights include the annual Dean’s Lecture – Paul’s Religion – Rules or Relationship?, a Poetry Recital on the theme of Remembrance by the Ven Jonathan Smith, Archdeacon of St Albans and the second lecture of a series by the Canon Philosopher, the Rev’d Dr Andrew Davison.

The Rev’d Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor said: Our unique programme of courses and talks is open to people of any religious background or none, as we explore together important themes of faith and life. We hope to welcome many new people.

Tickets and the full programme of talks are available online at or at the Cathedral Box Office. Enquiries about events can also be sent to

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