The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Westminster Abbey – A Church in History

Friday 19 Jun 2020, 11:00 - 11:10

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The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

Westminster Abbey has a fascinating history to tell. As well as being a place of worship, it is an architectural masterpiece and treasure house of artefacts; the final resting place for some of the most significant people in Britain’s history; and the setting for every coronation since 1066 and numerous other royal occasions. In this talk, President of the British Academy David Cannadine discusses Westminster Abbey’s unique place in history and its meaning, significance and impact within society both in Britain and beyond.

Speaker: Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, President, The British Academy; Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University

10-Minute Talk: Westminster Abbey - A Church in History

Westminster Abbey - A Church in History edited by Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, is published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in association with Westminster Abbey, and distributed by Yale University Press.

Please note that there will be no audience Q&A after this event. After the talk, you will be able to explore the rest of the ready-to-watch content for the Friday of our Summer Showcase on our YouTube channel.

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10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday, 13:00-13:10, on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts.

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