Katharine Maltwood and the Creation of the Glastonbury Zodiac, St Benedict's Church, Wednesday, 03. July 2019


"We need not believe that the Glastonbury legends are records of facts; but the existence of those legends is a very great fact": the words of Edward Freeman, one of the great Victorian historians. People have been debunking Glastonbury's legends for centuries, but that doesn't stop them sprouting up again, like mushrooms, and their shape is always shifting. Just this year, the BBC twisted the story of the Christmas-flowering Glastonbury Thorn to suit the needs of a programme about Easter.
In a town like Glastonbury, where visitors come looking for difference and unusual ideas are commonplace, conventional history can be hard to come by. The Glastonbury Antiquarian Society supplies that need, but this doesn't mean that we aren't interested in the phenomena that have made the town so famous. Indeed, from 1886 the society has been addressing Glastonbury’s traditions, their content, origins and evolution. This mini-conference brings together people of varying backgrounds to bring their insights and expertise to look at one of Glastonbury's most colourful mythographers.
Speakers: Martin Segger, Professor Emeritus Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria, Canada, formerly Curator of the Maltwood Museum of Modern Art
Yuri Leitch, editor of the Maltwood Journal
Dr Timothy Hopkinson-Ball, Chairman of the Glastonbury Antiquarian Society, biographer of Frederick Bligh Bond
Dr Adam Stout, cultural historian
Tickets £10 in advance + booking fee, £12 on the door and includes refreshments. Doors open at 1:30 and we'll be starting promptly at 2:00 so don't be late.

Wednesday, 03. July 2019, St Benedict's Church, Katharine Maltwood and the Creation of the Glastonbury Zodiac

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