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Membership Talk - Professor Ronald Hutton

Thursday 5th May 2016

The Post-Christian Arthur

In all of his traditional guises, whether the patriotic warlord of the Welsh histories or the chivalric king of the later medieval romances, Arthur has featured as an unproblematic Christian leader, fighting heathens and keeping a conventionally pious court.

This was the case up until the end of the Victorian era and remains so in studies of the ''historical" figure. In the mid and later 20th century, however, he was transformed as a character in novels into a ruler positioned at the transition from paganism to Christianity, taking sides or having an ambivalent relationship with both. This talk explores this change, and what it tells us about the modern Western imagination.

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Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

Saturday 6th August 2016

The 2016 spectacular, complete with traditional firework display, will be the 20th Extravaganza to be held in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.

Celtic legend Van Morrison will headline the 20th Anniversary Abbey Extravaganza on Saturday August 6th, one of only a handful of dates the singer will be playing in the UK this year.

Last year Ray Davies, who was the lead vocalist and songwriter for The Kinks, rocked the abbey with support from The Shires and The Drystones and previous headliners have included Robert Plant, Bryan Ferry, Status Quo, Madness, Van Morrison and Jools Holland.

Tickets can be bought from the abbey shop or online at

Vouchers were on sale from December until March 3 and can be redeemed for adult or child tickets. Advance prices are staying the same as 2015 with adults £35 and £20 for a child aged six to 16. On the gate prices will be £40 adult and £25 for a child. Accompanied children aged five and under do not require a ticket. Booking and postage fees apply.

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We are committed to making the abbey and events held at the abbey accessible to everyone. We may provide disabled ticket holders (who would be unable to attend without a PA - personal assistant / carer / essential companion) with a ticket at no additional cost for their PA, if they are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
  • Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Evidence of being severely sight impaired
  • CredAbility Access Card (+1 category requirement), see
  • A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card

If you do not have any of the above evidence but are unable to attend the abbey without a PA you are welcome to post or email copies of any additional evidence that supports your application. Applications are judged on a case-by-case basis. Tickets for events are sold on a first come, first served basis.

If the event is organised by an external organisation, the above will not necessarily apply and you will need to liaise directly with the organisers. If you wish to contact the organisers please contact and we will put you in touch.

How to apply

Please call our shop on 01458 831631 and arrange to either show the relevant documents in person or to email or post copies.