Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures
Eric Abbott was Dean of Westminster between 1959 and 1974. Before that, he was Dean at King's College, London (1945–1955), Chaplain to King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II, and Warden of Keble College, Oxford.
He died in 1983 and was buried in the Abbey's Nave. His friends set up a memorial trust to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality, and we held the first one in 1986. The lecture is repeated each year at Keble College.
This year's lecture will be given by Professor Anthony Reddie, Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, in the Abbey at 6:30pm on Thursday 25th May 2023. He'll be discussing From Black Theology to Black Lives Matter and Back Again. Places are free but should be booked in advance via the Eventbrite website.
You can obtain booklets of the Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures from King's College London.
Past lectures archive
36th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
Securing a Europe of Peace, Freedom and Justice
Speaker: Lord Adonis, Chair of European Movement UK and Visiting Professor at King's College London
Thursday, 12th May 2022
34th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
The Most Spiritual of the Arts: Music, Modernity, and the Search for the Sacred
Speaker: Sir James MacMillan, composer, conductor and artistic director
Thursday, 9th May 2019
28th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
Constantine's Vision and the Church Today - From the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (AD 312) to the twenty-first century
Speaker: Professor Dame Averil Cameron FSA FKC, Former Warden of Keble College, Oxford
Thursday, 2nd May 2013
27th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
Mis-establishment - Locating, and Re-locating, the Church of England
Speaker: The Right Reverend Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards, Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College, London; formerly Bishop of Worcester and Bishop to HM Prisons
Thursday, 10th May 2012