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This programme presents a specially prepared collection of short talks for Northern Lights, probing the medieval history, stained-glass art, science & religion that lie at the heart of this hugely successful projection and sound piece.

Experts from the University of York’s Centre for Medieval Studies, Durham University and the University of East Anglia will present compelling 21st century views of this wide and continually growing area of knowledge.

This unique and limited opportunity starts at 7pm in the Chapter House and will end at approximately 8.30pm giving you chance to wander into the Nave of York Minster to take your place for the epic showing of the light show starting at 9pm. Entrance is via the west doors off Duncombe Place from 6.30pm

Friday 25 October – The Northern Apocalypse (SOLD OUT)

Northern Lights incorporates the sound and beauty of Anglo-Saxon and Norse texts, along with vibrant images from the stained glass of York Minster, to express the range of beliefs about the end of the world in medieval culture.

This trio of revealing talks will explore apocalyptic thinking in Norse mythology and Anglo-Saxon culture, as well as the challenges involved in the vital preservation of the Minster’s unique medieval glass for future generations.

Prof. Matt Townend (University of York): ‘Ragnarok in Norse Myth’

Prof. Katy Cubitt (University of East Anglia): ‘Hell and the Archbishop – Saving Souls with Wulfstan of York’

Dr Sarah Brown (University of York): ‘Saving York Minster’s Stained Glass Apocalypse’

Saturday 26 October – Light Fantastic and a Medieval Big Bang (£12)

Light, for the inquisitive 13th century thinker Robert Grosseteste, was the central building block of the entire universe. So much so that for him the universe began from a single point of light, expanding in the shape of a sphere. Light is also a dominant spiritual metaphor for the life eternal, knowledge, purity and contemplation.

We present the radical interdisciplinary research project The Ordered Universe who will give a fascinating insight into the wider implications of light for medieval science and religion, a project that inspired Northern Lights.

Prof. Giles E. M. Gasper (Durham University): ‘Light, Creation, and the Cosmos’

Dr Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn (Durham University): ‘Light of the World’

Dr Sarah Gilbert (Durham University): ‘Stars, Spheres, and Comets’

If you would like to book for the lights show only (7pm/9pm on 24 October – 31 October) please click here

For those who have already purchased a ticket for Northern Lights but would now also like to add a talk to their evening, please contact us direct on 01904 557256 or by emailing boxoffice@yorkminster.org. All additional tickets for the talks will be subject to availability.

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