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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey will re-open for sightseeing visitors from Friday 21st May.

In the meantime, we remain open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily services. We are also open for individual prayer from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Past Institute lectures


Truth is a divine attribute and aspiration like beauty and goodness. In the world of public service, trustworthiness, dependability, wise decision-making and solid relationships all depend upon truth. Is it in shorter supply than it used to be? How can it be recognised and where can it be reliably found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine the public’s faith in political leadership? Is there such a thing as diplomatic truth?


The Charles Gore Lecture 2018: Truth and Beauty

Professor Janet Soskice and The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster

Truth Pursued

The Reverend Professor Vernon White and Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor

Truth Sustained

Sir Stephen Lamport and Lord Saatchi

Truth Told

Claire Foster-Gilbert and Lord Judge


I feel very privileged to work here. I take so much pride in working for a beautiful place like the Abbey, it’s unique.

Alex - Abbey Marshal

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