Events at Westminster Abbey

Dignity season

Throughout Autumn 2023, we will be exploring dignity through a series of events, talks, sermons and tours.

Why dignity?

Human dignity is at the heart of this season of public events, focusing on the inherent value of every individual as given by God. As people created in the image of God, these events give us a chance to connect with the past, engage with the present, and shape a future where dignity and respect prevail.

Celebrating Ignatius Sancho - among the first black Britons to vote

Ignatius Sancho was a celebrated writer, composer, actor and local shopkeeper. Sancho became a member of the St Margaret’s parish and was married, his children baptised and was buried within it.
Formerly enslaved, Sancho campaigned for abolition, was among the first Black men to vote in an election and the first Black man to have his obituary in the newspaper.

Ignatius Sancho lecture and performance 

Actor Paterson Joseph will be giving a talk about the life of Sancho and performing extracts from his book.

Events, talks and guided tour

Explore the memorials within the Abbey with fresh eyes, join us during our programme of events to decode the memorials, discover the lasting legacy of people commemorated in the Abbey and think about why and how we remember people.

Modern martyrs sermon series

Above the Abbey’s Great West Door stand ten statues to 20th-century Christian martyrs - those who have been oppressed or persecuted for their faith.
From September - December a sermon series, ‘The Noble Army of Martyrs’, will focus on the lives of those depicted, their ongoing resonance, and legacy for the Church.