Downside Monastery Archives and Library along with the Monastic Community would like to invite you all to our week long series of events: ‘Benedictine Bath’

When people think of Bath’s history, they immediately think Roman or Georgian, but the Benedictines have had a presence in Bath for over a thousand years.

As part of our celebration of Bath’s Benedictine history and heritage, there will be:

  • An exhibition in Bath Abbey including pre Reformation books and manuscripts from the Monastery Library
  • Vespers and Benediction in St John the Evangelist Church on Wednesday 8th July at 7 pm including monastic chant by the monastic community. This will be a return to St Johns, built by Downside in 1863, for the monastic community, since the monks left in 1932.
  • Walking tours of the Benedictine sites of Bath leaving Bath Abbey every day at 11 am and 2.30 pm.
  • A conference at the Guildhall featuring papers by Abbot Aidan Bellenger and Canon Anthony Harding.

Please see the attached poster for more details.