'The Work of George Herbert in Context' is the theme of the Group's summer programme for this year (available as a downloadable leaflet). Events are free unless otherwise stated, but there will be retiring collections for contributions towards defraying our expenses. Early booking is advised for all events.
The Rev’d Canon Eric Woods DL, a great admirer of George Herbert, has been the Vicar of Sherborne for 23 years. He is also the Diocesan Branch Chaplain of the Prayer Book Society, and has contributed articles on the history of the Book of Common Prayer to the PBS Journal “Faith and Worship”. Rev’d Eric’s talk will explore George Herbert’s celebration of services from the Book of Common Prayer in St Andrew’s Bemerton, 1630 to 1633.
Mr Mike Webb has been curator of Early Modern Archives & Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library for 24 years. He has curated three exhibitions in the Library on the subjects of the Tudor and Stuart Nobility and Gentry, the English Civil War and the First World War and has written a book to accompany the last of these “From Downing Street to the Trenches: First-hand accounts from the Great War” based on manuscript material in the Library. Mike will talk about the context of George Herbert’s manuscript in terms of its provenance and the 17th century holdings of the Library.
We are delighted to welcome actor and director Timothy West, who will reflect on the life and works of George Herbert, and read some of his poems and extracts from his other writings. The programme will also include Sam Brown (lute) playing music of Herbert’s period, and mezzo-soprano Olympia Hetherington singing settings of Herbert's poems.
We invite you to join us for this special event at Wilton House, a place so closely associated with George Herbert through his kinship with the Earls of Pembroke.