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Churches Conservation Trust - Lunchtime Lectures #37 'Halloween' 2023

Happy Halloween 2023 from everybody here at E-Bound

Whoever said churches were dull and boring clearly hasn't been following our weekly lecture series. Our free lectures take place live every Thursday online, but you can catch up on every single one right here. Our lectures explore everything from art, architecture, history, politics to even some pretty weird and wonderful topics too!

Another video in our highlights from the CCT Lunchtime Lecture series.

This weeks video: Memento Mori I 'Understanding 17th & 18th Century Gravestones'

Mark’s lecture will focus on the “Meaning, Mystery and Beauty of 18th Century Symbolic Gravestones” and the Memento Mori that proliferated in this period. The lecture will be given by Mark Hatton who is an expert in this field and will be including many of his own photos to illustrate what promises to be a highly interesting lecture.

More about the speaker: Mark can often be found driving around Scotland in his camper van, exploring old burial grounds and he believes that such sites contain some overlooked history.


As its Halloween we have delved deep into the CCT Video Vault to bring you a second CCT Video this week. Close the curtains, dim down the lights and settle back to watch

The Devil: An Unauthorised Biography

Talk of the Devil has become distinctly unfashionable. Our sceptical age has pensioned off Satan, for centuries the face and name put to the abstract reality of evil. However, the creation of Popes, archbishops and priests will not so easily accept his fate, and Satan continues to serve as a metaphor for evil throughout society. His scaly black skin, horns, cloven hoof and red eyes have become embedded in popular psyche.

In this lecture author, broadcaster and journalist, Peter Stanford, will be exploring the history of belief in the Devil; what this tells us about ourselves; how it has been used by the churches to strengthen their own position; and whether anyone still believes the Devil exists...

Don't forget to check out our special 'Haunted Churches' post, 31 Haunted Churches for 31 days of Halloween. To celebrate this year's 'All Hallows Eve' we look at 31 reportedly haunted churches from across the UK and Ireland.

Check out the full range of video lectures Here and Here

Stay tuned for more videos from the CCT in coming weeks.

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