Chelmsford Cathedral
The Keene Lectures


The Keene Lectures discuss matters of contemporary theological interest and are delivered annually in Chelmsford Cathedral. They take their name from John Henry Keene, a prominent citizen of Chelmsford, in whose memory a fund was established to bring distinguished speakers to Chelmsford for this purpose. Recent past speakers have included Lord Dannatt, former Chief of Staff, Lord Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury between 2002 and 2012 and Dame Mary Tanner, former President of the World Council of Churches.  The lectures are offered free of charge and all are welcome. There is a retiring collection for those who would like to sustain the Keene Fund for the future.

Lectures take place in November on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in the Cathedral.  Details for the 2018 series are listed below.

The title for the series of lectures for 2018 is 'Legacy of the Great War'

A Film Night and three Lectures to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and interpret its significance for today


Film Night: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

5.00pm on Sunday 11th November 2018 (following Evensong at 3.30pm)

The evening, on the exact 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, will start with a short introduction discussing a variety of films that have been made over the past century about the First World War, and how that war has been remembered and described in the intervening years.

All Quiet on the Western Front, which was the first film ever to win Academy Awards for both Outstanding Production and Best Director, shows a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in the First World War. The film is just over two hours long, and the evening will end around 7.30pm.


8.00pm on Wednesday 14th November 2018 Dr Andrew Sentance

Globalisation and Protectionism: lessons from the early 20th century

Andrew Sentance is a senior business economist based in the UK, now working with PwC as their Senior Economic Adviser. Between 2006 and 2011 he served on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee, through the global financial crisis and its aftermath. Prior to joining the Bank of England, Andrew held senior positions at the CBI, London Business School and British Airways. He studied economics at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, where he gained his PhD. He is a regular contributor to the media and publishes widely in the academic and business press. His book Rediscovering growth: After the crisis was published in 2013. He was awarded the CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.


8.00pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018 Professor Jolyon Mitchell

Swords into Ploughshares: promoting peace through the arts

Jolyon Mitchell specialises in religion, violence and peacebuilding, with particular reference to the arts. Educated at Cambridge, Durham and Edinburgh Universities, he worked as a Producer and Journalist at the BBC before moving to the University of Edinburgh. He is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, recent President of the National Association for Theology and Religious Studies in the UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has served on several international film juries, including at Berlin, Cannes and Venice. He is author of many books and articles, including Promoting Peace and Inciting Violence: The Role of Religion and Media, and Media Violence and Christian Ethics.


8.00pm on Wednesday 28th November 2018 Revd Canon Dr Georgina Byrne

Names Carved into Stone: remembering the dead of the First World War

Georgina Byrne is a Residentiary Canon of Worcester Cathedral and was, in January 2017, appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen and Honorary Fellow of the University of Worcester. She holds degrees in theology and history from Oxford, Cambridge and London and her doctoral thesis examined ideas of the afterlife in Victorian and Edwardian England. She was ordained in 1997 and worked in West Bromwich and London before moving to Worcestershire. In 2009 she became Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Worcester, a post she held until 2015.

Gallery Gallery

Click a thumbnail for the full size picture