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Secrets of Bury St Edmunds’ abbey revealed at upcoming University Professional Development Centre lectures





The hidden history of one of Suffolk's most iconic landmarks is being revealed through two free lectures.

Visitors are being invited to discover the secrets of the abbey in Bury St Edmunds through a series of free lectures held at the University Professional Development Centre in Western Way.

The two talks will share morbid tales and historical facts as part of the Edmund’s Open Lecture Series and the first, called ‘Discovering the Abbey of St Edmund’, is taking place on Thursday, April 18.

The upcoming talks will reveal the secrets behind one of Bury St Edmunds’ most iconic landmarks. Picture: Mecha Morton
The upcoming talks will reveal the secrets behind one of Bury St Edmunds’ most iconic landmarks. Picture: Mecha Morton

The follow up lecture, ‘Corpses of the Abbey’, is set to delve into the mysterious death of Mary Tudor on Thursday, May 2 and both events will start at 5.45pm.

West Suffolk College lecturer Robin Herne said: “The Edmund’s Lectures series has covered a wide variety of topics including history, literature, crime, sociology, animal rights, psychology and more.

“Audiences have included a wide range of Suffolk residents from Sixth Form students all the way through to the retired.

West Suffolk College lecturer Robin Herne. Picture: Eastern Education Group
West Suffolk College lecturer Robin Herne. Picture: Eastern Education Group
Abby Abtrobus speaking on medieval Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Eastern Education Group
Abby Abtrobus speaking on medieval Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Eastern Education Group

“These lectures aim to foster a spirit of inquiry and inspire lifelong learning which you can then develop by joining a course at the University and Professional Development Centre.

“Whether you're a student, a scholar, or simply curious about the world around you, join us for an unforgettable journey of discovery at University Studies.”

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In addition to the Abbey talks, other upcoming discussions will be on Apartheid in South Africa and the psychiatrist Carl Jung.