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Pilgrimage Past & Present – Talk by Dawn Champion

Thursday, April 18, 2024 

Inspired by Salisbury Museum’s pilgrim badge collection, Dawn Champion from the British Pilgrimage Trust examines the practices of pilgrimage both past and present, from its origins in prehistory to its modern-day revival.

Medieval pilgrims often collected badges to mark their journeys, but were they cheap souvenirs or personal treasures? What possessed people to walk hundreds of miles enduring the hazards of medieval roads – and what motivates people to do so today?

Dawn Champion studied history at the University of Kent before a career with English Heritage. A keen historian and naturalist, she now works for the British Pilgrimage Trust helping to revive routes and create an ancient practice with modern meaning.

This is a fundraising talk for Salisbury Museum (registered charity no 289850)

£9 Members; £12 Non-members

Pre-booking essential


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