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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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