Findings of Abbey studies to be revealed but location of St Edmund remains key question
A conference will reveal the findings of studies and project ideas to mark 1,000 years since the foundation of The Abbey of St Edmund in 2020.
The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership commissioned two studies last year - a heritage assessment to gather all the historical and archaeological information about the Abbey in one place for the first time as well as a conservation plan.
Their findings will be discussed at The Abbey of St Edmund Past, Present and Future conference, supported by the University of East Anglia, on Saturday, January 26 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
But Rev Canon Matthew Vernon, chairman of the heritage partnership, said the question that is ‘constantly asked’ is whether St Edmund is buried under the site of the old tennis courts in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens.
He said: “While there is great excitement at this possibility, nothing can or indeed should take place without careful research including scans across the whole area and of course all the necessary statutory permissions that would be required.”
He added that the studies were important as ‘there’s so much of the Abbey story that hasn’t been fully told or appreciated, and there is so much that can be done not only to preserve what we have left of the Abbey, but to interpret and tell its story to future generations’.
The studies were jointly funded by Historic England and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Tickets for the conference, from 10am to 4pm, are limited and cost £20 and £10 for students, under 25s and the unemployed. They are available from www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk
The charge covers the costs of the event.