Durham World Heritage Site 2018 Lecture: A sense of place? Pilgrimage and the senses, past, present - and future

28 February 2018

Palace Green Library

Routes are mapped, shrines described, saints and cults analysed, pilgrim communities compared, the rise and fall of sacred sites recorded. Yet the core dynamics of pilgrimage, the factors which make engagement with sacred sites so powerful, remain curiously elusive. What is it that makes 'place' so alluring and why have human beings across otherwise diverse cultures and periods so often been inclined to identify places as special and map meaning to them?

In this lecture, Dr Dyas will explore the experience of sacred place in the history of Christian pilgrimage - and ask what the future may hold in terms of helping diverse audiences engage with and enjoy sacred heritage sites.  

Dr Dee Dyas is Reader in the History of Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture and the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York. She is currently leading a major AHRC-funded research project. 'Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals, past and present'. 

This is a free event but booking is essential. For details visit www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events.