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Former Archbishop to speak at Cathedral, 11th May 

Dr Rowan Williams
Dr Rowan Williams – Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury – will be speaking at Peterborough Cathedral on ‘Slavery: Past and Present’.

When:      Friday 11th May
Where:     Peterborough Cathedral New Building
Time:        7.30pm
Tickets:    £12, £10 concessions (including a complimentary glass of wine / soft drink). 

Although the slave trade was abolished at the beginning of the 19th century, slavery is still a reality today, with people trafficked and exploited – not least in this city.   As the Chair of Christian Aid’s Board of Trustees, Dr Williams will highlight the issues that still remain today.  

Dr Williams’ lecture will also look at an outstanding former Dean of Peterborough Cathedral, Peter Peckard, who in the 18th century inspired the leading abolitionists with his treatise – Am I not a man? And a brother?.  This pamphlet set out the Christian case against 'the vile trade in human misery’:  a case which was by no means universally agreed at the time. It provided the intellectual and moral case the abolitionists needed, and was hugely influential on such activists as Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.  Dean Peckard’s memorial stone is in the New Building at the east end of the Cathedral.

Canon Ian Black of Peterborough Cathedral, says: “I am delighted Dr Williams accepted the invitation to give this talk. He is a scholar with an international reputation – always an inspiring speaker – and this is an occasion not to be missed.”

Tickets are £12, £10 concessions (including a complimentary glass of wine / soft drink).  
You can book in three ways:

  • Online via Peterborough Cathedral's page at Oundle Box Office.
  • Call Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734.
  • Call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.
  • Subject to availability, tickets will also be available on the door


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