Jarrow Lecture


In 1958 the then Rector of Jarrow, the Revd. George Beckwith, came up with the idea that in ST Paul's Church each year a lecture should be given on some aspect of the history and significance of Jarrow.  The primary purpose of the series of lectures is to spread a knowledge of Jarrow and it's significance.  The second pupose is to help provide funds for the fabric and restoration of St Paul's Church, through the sale of the lectures.

Each year since 1958 there has been a Jarrow Lecture given by an eminent academic.  These can be purchased from St. Paul's Church Shop, Church Bank Jarrow NE32 3DZ Tel 0191 489 7052.



This years Lecture ( 2020 ) , it has been postponed due to the current siuation.  We will announce the new date in due course.   The title of the lecture will be  'Bede's Island'  and will be given by Professor Catherine E Karkov, Chair of Art History , school of fine art, University of Leeds.


Last Years Lecture was given by Professor Thomas O'Loughlin "Where is the Temple Now"


Titles of past lectures:-



2017    Richard Gemeson "Codex Amiatinus: Making and Meaning"

2016    Faith Wallis "Bede and Wisdom"

2015    Richard Gem "Bede and Architectual History"

2014    Jennifer O'Reilly "St Paul and the sign of Jonah"

2013    Lesley Abrams "Bede, Gregory, and Strategies of Conversionn in Anglo-Saxon England and the Spanish New World"

2012    Sarah Foot "Bede's Church"

2011    Nicholas Higham "Bede as an Oral Historian"

2010    John Blair "Bede and the Culture of the Laity"

2009    Barbara Yorke "Rex Doctissimus.  Bede and King Aldfrith of Northumbria

2008    Martin Carver "The Pictish Monastery at Portmahomack"

2007    John Bradley "The Irish Monastery in the age of Bede" (text unavailable as not received from lecturer)

2006    P. D. A. Harvey "Maps in the Age of Bede"

2005    Alan Thacker "Bede and Augstine of Hippo: History and Figure in Sacred Text"

2004    Richard Morris "Journeys from Jarrow"

2003    Clare Stancliffe "Bede, Wilfrid, and the Irish"

2002     Martin Biddle "Bede and Holy Places"  (text unavailable as not received from lecturer)

2001     David Rollason "Bede and Germany"

2000     Michelle P. Brown "'In the Beginning was the Word': Books and Faith in the Age of Bede"

1999     Brooks Nicholas "Bede and the English"

1998     Joyce Hill "Bede and the Benedictine reform"

1997     Roger Ray "Bede, rhetoric, and the creation of Christian Latin Culture"

1996     George Hardin Brown "Bede the educator"

1995     Ian Wood "The most holy abbot Ceolfrid"

1994     Éamonn Ó Carragáin "The city of Rome and the world of Bede"

1993     Michael Lapidge "Bede the poet"

1992     D.P. Kirby "Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum: its contemporary setting"

1991     Benedicta Ward "Bede and the Psalter"

1990     Lang, James T. "The Anglian sculpture of Deira : the classical tradition"

1989     Morris, Christopher D. "Church and monastery in the north : an archaeological evaluation"

1988     Leslie Alcock "Bede,Eddius and the forts of the north Britons"

1987     David Parsons "Books and buildings: architectural description before and after Bede"

1986     Piper, A. J. "The Durham monks at Jarrow"

1985     Wesley M.Stevens "Bede's scientific achievement"

1984     Patrick Wormald "Bede and the conversion of England: the Charter evidence"

1983     Peter Clemoes "The cult of St Oswald on the continent"

1982     Malcolm B.Parkes "The Scriptorium of Wearemouth-Jarrow"

1981     Eric Fletcher "Benedict Biscop"

1980     George Henderson "Bede and the visual arts"

1979     James Campbell "Bede's Reges and Principes"

1978     Richard N. Bailey "The Durham Cassiodorus"

1977     Per Jonas Nordhagen "The Codex Amiatinus and the Byzantine element in the Northumbrian renaissance"

1976     Henry M.R.E. Mayr-Harting "The Venerable Bede, the rule of St. Benedict, and social class"

1975     R.A. Markus "Bede and the tradition of ecclesiastical historiography"

1974     Rosalind Hill "The labourers in the field"

1973     Charles Thomas "Bede, archaeology and the cult of relics"

1972     Dom Anselm Hughes "The music of Aldwyn's house at Jarrow and the early twelfth century music of Durham Priory"

1971     T.J. Brown "Northumbria and the Book of Kells"

1970     Kathleen Hughes "Early Christianity in Pictland"

1969     David M. Wilson "Reflections on the St. Ninian's Isle treasure"

1968     J.D.A.Ogilvy "The place of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Western cultural history"

1967     Rupert L.S. Bruce-Mitford "The art of the Codes Amiatinus

1966     Gerald Bonner "Saint Bede in the tradition of Western apocalyptic commentary"

1965     Rosemary Cramp "Early Northumbrian sculpture"

1964     Paul Meyvaert "Bede and Gregory the Great"

1963     G.W.O.Addleshaw "The pastoral organisation of the modern dioceses of Durham and Newcastle in the time of Bede"

1962     J.M.Wallace-Hadrill "Bede's Europe"

1961     Harold McCarter Taylor, "English architecture in the time of Bede"

1960     Dorothy Whitelock, "After Bede"

1959     Peter Hunter Blair, "Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation and its importance today"

1958     Bertram Colgrave, "The venerable Bede and his times"

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