Slavery: Past and Present

A talk by Dr Rowan Williams

On Friday 11th May at 7.30pm, Dr Rowan Williams – Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury – will be speaking at Peterborough Cathedral on ‘Slavery: Past and Present’.

Although the slave trade was abolished at the beginning of the 19th century, slavery is still a reality today, with people trafficked and exploited – not least in this city. As the Chair of Christian Aid’s Board of Trustees, Dr Williams will highlight the issues that still remain today.  

Dr Williams’ lecture will also look at an outstanding former Dean of Peterborough Cathedral, Peter Peckard, who in the 18th century inspired the leading abolitionists with his treatise – Am I not a man? And a brother?. This pamphlet set out the Christian case against 'the vile trade in human misery’: a case which was by no means universally agreed at the time. It provided the intellectual and moral case the abolitionists needed, and was hugely influential on such activists as Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.

Canon Ian Black of Peterborough Cathedral, says: “I am delighted Dr Williams accepted the invitation to give this talk. He is a scholar with an international reputation – always an inspiring speaker – and this is an occasion not to be missed.”

Special ticket offer

Tickets are normally £12, £10 concessions (including a complimentary glass of wine / soft drink), but there is a special 30% off deal for Cathedral e-newsletter readers – taking the price to £9 (£7 concessions). The code to quote is Monmouth. This discount is only available for advanced ticket sales, not on the door.

You can book in three ways:

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