Reformation Events

DateTitleFurther Information
October 3 2020 Convictions, Loyalties, Identities: the experience of the English Reformation

Lecture by Dr Lucy Wooding

3pm-4pm St Mary's Church Hall OX4 4EG

September 13 2020 Talk and exhibition: Living through the Reformation in Iffley

Tours of the church, bell tower (tbc) and Glebe Field will be offered as part of Oxford Open Doors

2.15pm-4.15pm St Mary's Church Hall OX4 4EG

May 10 2020 Singing the Reformation

2.30pm-3.30pm Professor Henrike Lähnemann Workshop/sing-along in the Hall, on “The Reformation in our Hymnbooks”
3.45pm-4.45pm Dr Katie Bank and Dr Jonathan Tyack in the Church, Lecture-recital illustrating developments in English church music during the 16C
5pm-6pm Tours of the Bell Tower (tbc) and Tea in the Church Hall
6.30pm Sung evensong

2.30pm-7.30pm St Mary's Church OX4 4EJ and Iffley Church Hall OX3 4EG

March 15 2020 Going to Church at Iffley, 1530-1560

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Nicholas Orme. What was it like to go to Iffley Church on a Sunday morning in 1530? And how different would it have seemed if you went back again thirty years later? Nicholas Orme will discuss how the Reformation changed many aspects of churches and their worship while at the same time leaving many others unchanged.

Nicholas Orme has been professor of history at Exeter University and an honorary Lay Canon of Truro Cathedral. He is the author of thirty books, including Medieval Children, Medieval Schools, The History of England's Cathedrals, and the forthcoming Going to Church in Medieval England.

2.30pm - 3.30pm, St Mary's Church Hall OX4 4EG

November 3 2019Oxford Bach Soloists' concert "Help My Unbelief", with a pre-concert talk by Professor Henrike Lähnemann Full details
May 19 2019Vespers & Cantata at Exeter College Full details
April 19 2018 @ 4pm-6.30pm Sermon von Ablass und Gnade – Book Launch! Full details
March 7 2018 @ 2pm- 4pmEarly Modern German Culture Seminar

Somerville College, Park Building, room 5 .

Sarah-Maria Schober (Basel and Oxford) ‘Disgusting Objects in Early Modernity’

February 21 2018 @ 2pm- 4pmEarly Modern German Culture Seminar Open to University Card Holders only. Gerry Martin Room, History Faculty. Kerstin Weiand (Marburg) ‘Hessen-Kassel and the Peace of Westphalia’
February 16 2018 @ 2pm- 4pmEarly Modern German Culture Seminar Open to University Card Holders only. Taylor Institution Library. Craig Harline (Brigham Young) ‘A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation’, followed by a presentation of Reformation pamphlets held by the Taylor Library
February 12 2018Ad nos: Liszt, Meyerbeer, and the quest for New Jerusalem Exeter College Chapel. William Whitehead: Organ. Andrew Allen: Lecture
February 7 2018 @ 2pm-4pmEarly Modern German Culture Seminar Open to University Card Holders only. Colin Matthews Room, History Faculty. Christiane Andersson (Bucknell) ‘Censorship of Art in the Reformation in Germany’
January 24 2018 @ 2pm-4pmEarly Modern German Culture SeminarOpen to University Card Holders only. Colin Matthews Room, History Faculty. Howard Jones (Keble) ‘Translating Luther’s Sermon on Indulgences and Grace and 95 Theses’ Edmund Wareham (Somerville) ‘Translating the Passional of Christ and Antichrist’. This event will showcase new translations which will appear in the Treasures of the Taylorian Reformation Pamphlets book series.
November 25 2017 @ 10.30am - 4pmReformation: exploring Luther’s Spirituality, and Calvin’s impact on Greek Orthodoxy Full details
November 23 2017 @ 5pm- 6pmBooks, Print and the Reformation – Professor Thomas Kaufmann, University of Göttingen Full details
November 19 2017 @ 7.30pm-9.30pm Reformation 500 – Church Music from Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Germany and England University Church of St Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford A concert by the Cherwell Singers. Conductor James Brown; Organist Benjamin Bloor.
November 17 2017 @ 5pm- 6.30pmAdam von Trott Memorial Lecture Full details
31 October 2017 @ 5pm-7.15pmLutheran Vespers at New College Full details
31 October 2017 @ 3pm-4pmReformation Day Re-enactment A re-enactment of the posting of the 95-theses, with the opportunity to print out your own copies using the Bodleian Library’s Historic Printing Press.
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29 October 2017 @ 4pm- 6pmChristopher Haigh: ‘Martin Luther and Henry VIII’ Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre, Christ Church Christopher Haigh is a historian of English religion in the 16th and 17th centuries. His particular focus has been on the processes of religious change in the Reformation, and his interpretation was set out in English Reformations: Religion, Politics and Society under the Tudors (Oxford, 1993). His most recent book is The Plain Man’s Pathways to Heaven: Kinds of Christianity in Post-Reformation England (Oxford, 2007), and he is now writing a volume for the Oxford History of the Christian Church on 17th century England. He taught History at Christ Church between 1979 and 2009.
29 October 2017Exeter College: Study Day, Cantata and Exhibition Full details
25 October 2017 @ 5pm-7.30pmSinging the Reformation in English: A Historical and Practical Introduction to Miles Coverdale’s Goostly Psalmes and Spirituall Songes Full details
1 October 2017 @ 11:45am - 2pmLuther’s Legacy Kidlington Methodist Church Oxford Road Kidlington OX5 2BP On the occasion of the quincentenary of Luther’s publication of the 95 theses, this talk explores the legacy of the German Reformation. A particular focus will be on congregational singing and how the hymns shaped Protestant identity in Germany and Britain to the present day. We will look at (and sing) examples from the first Protestant hymnbook printed in 1524 in Erfurt to the Methodist hymnbook ‘Hymns and Psalms’. Henrike Lähnemann is Professor of Medieval German Language and Literature and coordinates the ‘Reformation 2017’ project in Oxford. She is a member of St Columba’s URC and a keen singer. There will be a bring and share lunch and opportunity for further discussion after the talk.
11 September 2017 @ 8:00 am - 31 December 2017 @ 5:00 pmRe-forming the Church of England: Tractarian responses to the Reformation

Pusey House, Oxford, OX1 3LZ

This mini-exhibition within the beautiful library at Pusey House uses contemporary printed books, manuscripts and artefacts to look at how the Tractarians reconciled their Catholic Anglican faith with the Reformation of the 15th and 16th centuries, and how the Oxford Movement itself created a new Reformation within the Church of England in the 19th century.

10 September 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmOpen Doors: Cantata in St Michael at the Northgate

St Michael at the Northgate, Cornmarket St, Oxford OX1 3EY

Cantata 129 “Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott” will be performed in the context of an evening service.

9 September 2017Open Doors: Reformation Trail through OxfordA number of venues in Oxford will be highlighting their connections with the Reformation during the Open Doors weekend.
22 June 2017 - 24 June 2017Reform & Revolt, Women in German Studies Open ConferenceFull details
17 June 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmStudy Day: Reformation500: Ecumenical PerspectivesFull details
27 May 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pmBach cantata ‘Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild’Full details
26 May 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmPrint Workshop

Schola Musicae, Old Schools Quad of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, OX1 3BG

Print your own Theses at the Bodleian Print Workshop. The doors will be open and visitors can print for free their own copy, plus typeset their name for a letter of indulgence.

25 May 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmBook Launch: Luther’s Letter on Translating – translated!Launch of the Taylor Institution Library’s ‘Reformation Pamphlet Series’, including a public reading of the full ‘Sendbrief vom Dolmetschen’ in German, with a new English translation. This text is the first in the new pamphlet series and will be available to participants at a discounted price. The reading will be followed by the opportunity to see an exhibition of Reformation pamphlets in the Voltaire room.
25 April 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pmSinging the Psalms in Sixteenth Century Germany

Pusey House, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ. Ursell Room

Professor Henrike Lähnemann will be giving a seminar on “Singing the Psalms in sixteenth century Germany” as part of TORCH’s The Oxford Psalms Network lecture series.

2017 sees the 500th anniversary of the publication of the German Reformation. Its rapid spread was based on two decisive factors: printing and singing. The new genre of the Protestant hymn book contained a large proportion of Psalms in German paraphrase. At the same time, Latin psalm singing continued in the monastic setting both in the Hours and as form of personal devotion. The lecture will look at the personalised Psalters as well as the popular appeal of congregational singing of hymns based on Psalms, taking in as most prominent example Luther’s versification of Psalm 46 in ‚Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott‘.

24 March 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmLecture: Luther’s Legacy

Summertown United Reformed Church, 294A Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7HN

Henrike Lähnemann will speak on ‘Luther’s Legacy’ in the last of the Summertown URC Spring Talks. On the occasion of the quincentenary of Luther’s publication of the 95 theses, this talk explores the legacy of the German Reformation. A particular focus will be on congregational singing and how the hymns shaped Protestant identity in Germany and Britain to the present day. We will look at (and sing) examples from the first Protestant hymnbook printed in 1524 in Erfurt to the current URC ‘Rejoice and Sing’.

Henrike Lähnemann is Professor of Medieval German Language and Literature and coordinates the ‘Reformation 2017’ project in Oxford. She is a member of St Columba’s URC and a keen singer. There will be tea and opportunity for further discussion after the lecture.

23 June 2016Collaborative translation of the JuttenspielFull details