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On Pilgrimage

Journey with us Across Time and Space

‘Religious and Spiritual Journeys’ are one of the fastest growing motivations for contemporary travel with an estimated 600 million journeys undertaken each year. More commonly termed ‘pilgrimage’, this is not a new phenomenon and there is a wealth of tangible and intangible heritage associated with such journeys throughout history and spread across the globe.

The motivations for pilgrimage are numerous and complex. Whilst pilgrimage is often viewed as a religious undertaking, many are educational and can be political. Pilgrimage can be personal and communal, as well as physical and spiritual, and the process of the journey holds as much significance as the intended destination.

Embracing different calendars, places, beliefs and traditions, there are many similarities between practices of pilgrimage. Pilgrimage centres and routes are often vibrant economic corridors and can require significant management, administration as well as infrastructure.

Pilgrimage has continued resonance, not only in inspiring art, music, literature and contemporary culture, but in its recognition as a driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation, as well as its positive contribution towards personal wellbeing.

Join us ‘On Pilgrimage’, as we explore the traditions and wider context of ancient and modern pilgrimage through a series of events with speakers who will guide us on a journey through a landscape of individual objects, monuments, people and places....

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Tue, 7 July 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Light and the Cult of St Thomas Becket
Tue, 4 August 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Holy Water and Healing Wells
Tue, 1 September 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: English convents in early modern Europe: pilgrimages, relics and Catholic identity
Sat, 3 October 2020 5:00pm porary Spiritual Tourism"Problematizing Pilgrimage: A Theological Reconsideration
Tue, 6 October 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: The Trident Festival of Jayavageshwori at Pashupatinath
Tue, 3 November 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: To See a Pilgrim: Contemporary Coinage Portraits of St Helena
Tue, 17 November 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: From Miners Cathedral to Durham Cathedral: The Durham Miners Gala as a Modern-Day Pilgrimage
Tue, 1 December 2020 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Time and Tide at Lindisfarne
Tue, 2 February 2021 5:00pm

On Pilgrimage: Making a Pilgrimage: The St Thomas Way

Tue, 16 February 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: The Northern Saints Trails - a lockdown walk along the Way of Light from Heavenfield to Hexham
Tue, 2 March 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Sacred Places and Conservation: Ancient Maya Pilgrimage at Cara Blanca, Belize
Tue, 23 March 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: - 'Anglicans, Remembrance and Pilgrimage after the First World War'
Tue, 6 April 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Osiris in Abydos: Middle Kingdom monuments from the Oriental Museum
Tue, 20 April 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Seeking the presence of Śiva: Salvific space in early Hindu pilgrimage practices
Tue, 4 May 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: Journeys of Faith: Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland
Tue, 18 May 2021 5:00pm On Pilgrimage: A Journey on Foot? Pilgrimage Travel in the Western Tradition from the Middle Ages to the Present Day.
Tue, 1 June 2021 5:00pm

On Pilgrimage: "Writing songs along the Northern Saints Trails"