Forthcoming Events

28 January 2017, 9.30am

The Glastonbury Studies Seminar III

at the Abbey House

The Other Avalonians

Scholars and Eccentrics of Glastonbury's Romantic Era

Saturday 28 January 2017

10 am - 4.30 pm


'Lo, the monks were back at Glastonbury!': George Wright, the Holy Grail and the sale of Chalice Well.

By Paul Ashdown M.A.

In 1934, Violet Firth celebrated those she singled out as 'the Avalonians'; other key figures, however, also helped shape changing perceptions of Glastonbury at the beginning of the twentieth century. The earliest of these was George Wright, who in 1886 crafted a new mythology which still flourishes today.


Cardinal Gasquet and the Making of Monastic History.

By Dr. Aidan Bellenger.

Dom Aidan Gasquet (1846–1929), Prior of Downside 1878-1885, was both a pioneer scholar and a propagandist. This emerges in his Henry VIII and the English Monasteries (1888-9) and his study of The Last Abbot of Glastonbury (1895), which set the tone of Roman Catholic devotion at Glastonbury in the first half of the twentieth century. Made Cardinal in 1914, he was Britain's advocate at the Vatican during the First World War.


Armitage Robinson, Glastonbury and the Problems of History.

By Rev. Prof. Mark Chapman.

This paper charts the cautious and critical approach to history of Joseph Armitage Robinson (1858-1933), a leading Cambridge scholar of early Christianity. On becoming Dean of Wells from 1911, he turned his attention to the Glastonbury legends and St Dunstan in an effort to separate fact from fantasy.


'The Silly Vicar of Glastonbury': Lionel Smithett Lewis, Glastonbury and the Holy Grail.

By Dr. Timothy Hopkinson-Ball.
This talk will address the career of Glastonbury's most famous Anglican vicar, Rev. Lionel Smithett Lewis. Although best known as the author of works such as St Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury and Glastonbury: Her Saints, less well known is Lewis' interest in the Holy Grail and his attempt to secure the Nanteos Cup for the town.

17 February 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library


Spas sprang up everywhere in eighteenth-century England but there was never a spa quite like the one at Glastonbury. Tens of thousands of people flocked to drink its miraculous waters during the 1750s. Fraud, delusion, something more? Religion, politics and a town in dire need all contributed to the heady cocktail. Dr Adam Stout presents a decade's worth of new thinking and research on this topic, including a hitherto-unknown account of the discovery of Chalice Well.

17 March 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

 Jonathan Sawyer: The Bishops Palace in Wells.

21 April 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

Neill Bonham: Hallstatt to La Tène, Arthur Bulleid's inspiration

19 May 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

Richard Brunning: Beckery Chapel Excavation findings

16 June 2017

GAS Field Trip

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