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.
On truth telling and storytelling
Canon Dr Paula Gooder will give this year's lecture in the Abbey at 6:30pm on Thursday 23rd May.
Join us as she discusses truth telling and storytelling.
You can obtain booklets of the Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures from King's College London.
Past lectures archive
37th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
From Black Theology to Black Lives Matter and Back Again
Speaker: Professor Anthony Reddie, Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture
Thursday, 25th May 2023
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