500 Reformations: coming to a place near you?

2nd February 2018

From Brexit to your peace of mind, the University of Sheffield’s 500 Reformations project is exploring stories of change, past and present. With 17 speakers and 18 topics on offer, the project invites faith and community organisations and schools to get involved by hosting an event. It also offers a range of accessible articles, free for republication in your church magazine or newsletter.

Having launched in October 2017 (in recognition of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses) the project now presents a modest programme of events taking place in and around the city of Sheffield.

Project director, Dr Iona Hine writes:

This month, we are supporting two public lectures at Sheffield Cathedral:

On 6 February, Dr Linda Kirk (History) speaks as part of the God and the Good series. Her talk, “The French Revolution and Its Attack on Religion”, asks what happened to belief before and amidst the slaughter. (7:30pm. Doors open 6:30pm.)

On 23 February, award-winning historian Diarmaid MacCulloch (Oxford) will deliver the first of this year’s Prokhorov lectures: “Christianity: The Big Picture”. (7:30pm).

On 9 March, we're examining how women reshaped and were reshaped by Reformation, with a trio of talks at SheFest---Sheffield’s fringe festival for International Women’s Day. BBC Radio Sheffield’s Jen Vernon-Edwards will be chairing the Q&A at this free event.

On March 19th, we join with the Friends of Manor Lodge to examine how the Reformation changed Music, national identity, and psychology. While in June, archaeologist John Moreland will re-examine what we know about Reformation in the Peak District with the Friends of Bishops’ House, Meersbrook.

Partnering with the Castlegate Archives project, we also offer a unique chance to tour the site where Sheffield Castle once stood—and hear how today’s street names help us uncover the formations and reformations of the city’s past.

Collaborations with other organisations including Sheffield Libraries run through spring and summer, with talks in Chapeltown, Ecclesall and Crystal Peaks as well as Central Sheffield.

500 Reformations is a University of Sheffield initiative, run in association with Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studiesand Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.

Up-to-date information about our event programme and how to bring 500 Reformations to you can be found on the project websites:



We also appear on Twitter as @500Reformations.

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