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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

The Institute

Westminster Abbey Institute works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life.

Where does wise leadership come from?

Where does wise leadership come from?

The Institute's Autumn 2020 programme features lectures and dialogues from some of our most eminent public servants, thinkers and clergy. Against the backdrop of Covid-19, and with our politicians and public servants facing increasingly demanding moral challenges, the season will explore how virtue is nurtured by institutions and people.

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The audience for the One People Oration lecture at Westminster Abbey

Public programmes

Our twice-yearly themed programmes focus on issues related to morality in public life. These lectures, dialogues and symposia are open to the public, but priority is given to public servants.

See current programme
Public service seminars

Public service seminars

We hold ‘under the radar’, tailored seminars with Government Departments, MPs and Peers, Parliamentary Select Committees, and senior staff in other public service institutions. These offer the opportunity to step back and reflect on moral challenges, relationships, values, virtues and other critical aspects of public service.

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Group photo of Westminster Abbey Institute Fellows

Fellows' programme

The Institute offers a year-long programme in servant leadership for up to 20 public servants, nominated from Parliament, law, teaching, police, Armed Forces, Civil Service, media, clergy, arts, science, academia and medicine, who are moving into senior roles.

About the Fellows' Programme
The Westminster Abbey Institute Steering Group

Institute people

Westminster Abbey Institute is run by a Steering Group, consisting of the Canon Rector of St Margaret’s as Chair, the Director of the Institute, the Canon Theologian and the Receiver General. The Director is assisted by a Manager and an Administrator. The Institute is advised by a Council of Reference chaired by the Dean of Westminster.

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Past public programmes

Videos and podcasts of past public programmes of Westminster Abbey Institute are available.

I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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