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IMEMS 'On Pilgrimage' series

(5 February 2021)

Join us ‘On Pilgrimage’ every other Tuesday, as we explore the traditions and wider context of ancient and modern pilgrimage through a series of events with speakers who will guide us on a journey through a landscape of individual objects, monuments, people and places. The link will be posted for each date here.

‘Religious and Spiritual Journeys’ are one of the fastest growing motivations for contemporary travel with an estimated 600 million journeys undertaken each year. More commonly termed ‘pilgrimage’, this is not a new phenomenon and there is a wealth of tangible and intangible heritage associated with such journeys throughout history and spread across the globe.

The motivations for pilgrimage are numerous and complex. Whilst pilgrimage is often viewed as a religious undertaking, many are educational and can be political. Pilgrimage can be personal and communal, as well as physical and spiritual, and the process of the journey holds as much significance as the intended destination.

Embracing different calendars, places, beliefs and traditions, there are many similarities between practices of pilgrimage. Pilgrimage centres and routes are often vibrant economic corridors, and can require significant management, administration as well as infrastructure.

Pilgrimage has continued resonance, not only in inspiring art, music, literature and contemporary culture, but in its recognition as a driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation, as well as its positive contribution towards personal wellbeing.

Upcoming events

The Link will be posted for each date here:

  • Tue, 16 February 2021 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: The Northern Saints Trails - a lockdown walk along the Way of Light from Heavenfield to Hexham.
  • Tue, 2 March 202 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: Sacred Places and Conservation: Ancient Maya Pilgrimage at Cara Blanca, Belize.
  • Tue, 16 March 2021 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: - 'Anglicans, Remembrance and Pilgrimage after the First World War'.
  • Tue, 6 April 2021 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: Osiris in Abydos: Middle Kingdom monuments from the Oriental Museum.
  • Tue, 20 April 2021 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: Seeking the presence of Śiva: Salvific space in early Hindu pilgrimage practices.
  • Tue, 4 May 2021 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: Journeys of Faith: Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland.
  • Tue, 18 May 2021 5pm:
    On Pilgrimage: A Journey on Foot? Pilgrimage Travel in the Western Tradition from the Middle Ages to the Present Day.

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