Forthcoming Events

02 February 2019, 10.00am

'Sermons in Stones..'

Glastonbury Archaeological Perspectives

A Day Seminar (10 am - 5 pm)

 at St Ben's Church, Benedict Street, Glastonbury

The Fourth Glastonbury Studies Seminar Programme:

Archaeology and the earliest evidence of Christianity in Britain

Prof. Kenneth Dark, SPEIR/Classics Research Division, Univerity of Reading

Glastonbury's Geological Setting

Susanna van Rose (C. Geol.)

The Prehistoric Wetlands of Somerset

Dr Richard Brunning

Glastonbury in Roman Times

(Speaker to be announced)

Shrines and Iconoclasm at Glastonbury Abbey

Jerry Sampson

'Around the Horne..': Excavations at Glastonbury Abbey, 1928-1939

Dr T. Hopkinson-Ball


£25 (including refreshments)  cheques payable to Glastonbury Studies Seminar by post to:

The Tribunal, 9 High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DP  (please include your email & tel. no.)


For further information:

Tel: 01458 850885 or email:


22 February 2019, 7.30pm

This Superstitious Tree: 

Militia, Monarchists and the Glastonbury Thorn in the 17th Century 

by Dr Adam Stout

In 1647 the Glastonbury Thorn was chopped down by a zealous Protestant, and the town found itself at the heart of the Civil War debate about the nature of revealed religion. This talk delves into the curious religious life of Commonwealth Glastonbury, from the visit of James Nayler, the early Quaker ‘guru’, to the activities of Dr Gollop the Town Conjuror and his cures for religious mania; and it explores the   mystical associations of the Thorn with the Stuart monarchy.


Lecture in Glastonbury Archers Way Hub Library

22 March 2019, 7.30pm

Aspects of the History of Street 

by Francis Thyer

Francis will be exploring the history of Street in the nineteenth-century, touching on Clarks, the built environment and Street’s wider history.

Lecture in Glastonbury Archers Way Hub Library

12 April 2019, 7.30pm

The Marsh family of Edgarley Manor:

An Interesting History Revealed  by Roger Parsons

During the Second World War and for many years before and after it, Kenneth and Dorothy Marsh ran a chicken farm behind the unremarkable facade of Edgarley Manor — but the important role that this unusual couple played in the war effort has until now remained unacknowledged. The letters and   writings of their talented son, Julian, complete a fascinating picture of a family separated in wartime.

Lecture in Glastonbury Archers Way Hub Library

17 May 2019, 5.30pm

Reflections on the Antiquities of Syria Before the Present War

by Mark Penton & Gerald Morgan

Mark and Gerald visited numerous ancient sites in Syria before the present civil war and the depredations wrought by ISIS. They will speak about their experiences in Damascus, the ruins of Palmyra and other major historic sites. The vividly illustrated ‘before and after’ in iconic locations reminds us of the importance — and fragility — of our shared world heritage. 

Lecture in Glastonbury Archers Way Hub Library

20 June 2019

Members Only Field Trip

Details to follow

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