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‘The King is Dead’ – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb 15 November

Suzannah LipscombWe’re very happy to announce our final lecture of 2015 – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb will be speaking about her new book, The King is Dead at St Pancras Old Church on the 15 November.

Henry VIII’s last will and testament, drawn up a month before his death, is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. It has also been the  source of great controversy. It was overruled to enable the accession of Lady Jane Grey, and was deemed invalid by the supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The prevailing orthodoxy, until now, has been that the will was the product of a conspiracy staged by a reforming religious faction.

This book sets out to question this orthodoxy. Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is an historian, broadcaster and award-winning academic. Suzannah has presented historical documentaries on BBC4, ITV, Channel 5 and National Geographic Channel, and writes a regular column for History Today. Her books include 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII, A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England and The King is Dead! The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII; and (co-edited) Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance.
The bar opens at 5.30, and the lecture begins at 6pm. Dr Lipscomb will be available to sign copies of her new book, on sale for a discount price! Tickets can be purchased online.

London Gallery Quire – 730pm 1 July

Thomas Hardy, sometime churchwarden of St Pancras Old Church, described west gallery music in his novels and poetry. This program will include readings from Hardy and associated dance music. Audience participation will be invited.

London Gallery Quire specialise in the music of town and country churches during the period 1700-1850. It is very different from the more familiar cathedral repertoire, much of it being lively and rhythmic, and influenced by folk music.

Tickets are £10 and go towards our appeal project. The bar opens at 7pm and the concert begins at 7.30pm.

Magna Carta – 4 June – Dr Julian Harrison

One of the curators of the British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition examines the history and legacy of this globally-renowned document, and asks whether we are right to celebrate it in 2015.

Julian Harrison is one of the curators of the British Library’s major exhibition, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. He is responsible for the Library’s collections of medieval manuscripts, including Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Julian is also one of the editors of the Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog, which was named UK Arts and Culture Blog of the Year 2014.

Tickets are £10 and go towards our appeal project. The bar opens at 6.30pm and the lecture begins at 7pm.

Festival Week – Mass and Lecture

On the 12 May, we will be celebrating St Pancras Festival with a sung Mass at 7 pm. Bishop Robert Ladds will be the principal celebrant, and the professional choir will be singing Mozart. Refreshments will follow at 8 pm. Please do join us on this special day in the life of our church.

A few days later, on the 15 May, we are excited to welcome Dan Cruickshank for a special festival lecture on “Lost Monuments”. Tickets can be purchased online. We expect this to be a very busy event, so there may not be tickets available on the door.

Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian, broadcaster, author, and long-time campaigner for heritage. In the 1970s, Cruickshank was a founding member of Save Britain’s Heritage, which successfully campaigned to rescue East London’s Georgian houses, including in Spitalfields, where he still lives. Cruickshank is active in The Georgian Group, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and regularly writes and presents television programmes on the history of British and world architecture. He will talk about London’s great monument to the railway age – the ill-fated Euston Arch – and current proposals to rebuild it. The talk will be an illustrated journey through this and other examples of recreated ancient buildings.

April 18 – Elizabeth I: Can a Woman Rule, Can a Woman Rule Alone? – Prof Carole Levin


By the time Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at the age of 25, she had already lived through her mother’s execution, four step-mothers and her own imprisonment. Known as the Virgin Queen, she never married, despite warnings from her advisors that she would not succeed without a husband. Elizabeth’s 44-year reign proved them wrong. Carole Levin discusses how this sixteenth-century woman successfully ruled alone during a time of religious strife and foreign threats.

Carole Levin is Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska and currently a Fulbright Scholar attached to the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York. She has published a number of books on Elizabeth’s reign, including The Heart and Stomach of a King (1994) and The Reign of Elizabeth I (2002).

Bar opens at 5:30pm, lecture begins at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online.

Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance

Thursday, 12 February 2015 @ 7pm

Join the British Library Curator of Manuscripts for a pre-Valentine’s Day dip into the most intimate world of the handwritten love letter.  Highlights will include letters written by Henry VIII, Horatio Nelson, Charlotte Brontë and Oscar Wilde.

Dr Andrea Clarke is curator of Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library, where she co-curated the exhibition, Henry VIII: Man and Monarch (2009).

Tickets are £10 and go towards our appeal project. The bar opens at 6.30pm and the lecture begins at 7pm.


Filmed in Camden

12 March @ 7pm

A look at some of the films shot on location in Camden in the post-war years. Illustrated with clips and stills comparing ‘then’ and ‘now’, we’ll see how the area has changed over the years.

Danny Nissim has lived in Camden for 29 years. He studied film at The London Film School and works in television production. He has a lifelong enthusiasm for cinema history, particularly for British films of the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Tickets are £10 and go towards our appeals project. The bar opens at 6.30pm and the lecture begins at 7pm.


2015 Spring/Summer Lecture Series

We are delighted to announce the line-up for our third annual lecture series!
Just in time for St Valentine’s Day, Dr Andrea Clarke (British Library) will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ‘Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance‘ on 12 February at 7.00 pm. The lecture promises a dip into the most intimate world of the handwritten love letter. Highlights will include letters written by Henry VIII, Horatio Nelson, Charlotte Brontë and Oscar Wilde. Dr Clarke is curator of Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library, where she co-curated the exhibition, Henry VIII: Man and Monarch (2009).
Tickets can be purchased at our new booking site, or can be bought on the door.  Please join us for our first lecture of the year, as well as a glass of wine (drinks are available from 6.30 pm).
The spring series includes film, music, architecture and history:
12 March Danny Nissim, ‘Filmed in Camden‘: a look at some of the films shot on location in post-war Camden (7.00 pm).
18 April Prof. Carole Levin (Nebraska) on Elizabeth I: ‘Can a Woman Rule? Can a Woman Rule Alone?‘ (6.00 pm).
15 May Dan Cruickshank talks about the Euston Arch and ‘Rebuilding Lost Monuments‘ (7.00 pm).
4 June Dr Julian Harrison, (British Library) ‘Magna Carta: a Cause for Celebration?‘ (7.00 pm).
1 July London Gallery Quire (7.30 pm).
As ever, we are enormously grateful for your support, and for the time and expertise of our speakers. We have now raised over £90,000 of our £350,000 target to help save St Pancras Old Church and allow it to continue as a place of worship and reflection.


‘A Most Extraordinary Pair’ – 16 October 2014

Lecture by Prof Janet Todd.


Mary Wollstonecraft was the most famous female political author of the revolutionary period. She was one of a group of literary women involved in enlightenment political debates about society—debates as all-embracing as any ever held in England.

Prof Todd is the current President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and her research focuses on the Restoration and early eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has written numerous books on women in literature and published Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life in 2000.

To purchase tickets online, please make a minimum donation of 10£ per ticket (or 7.50£ for students, with student card) and include your name and number of tickets required. Tickets will be held under your name at the door.
Bar opens at 630pm and the lecture begins at 7pm. Please do stay afterwards, for the chance to ask questions of our speaker and join us for a drink.

Project Update – August 2014

Dear Friends,

At long last work has begun on our new drains, this has been made possible through generous donations from individuals and grant making bodies.

Some of you will have noticed activity around the church. Structural engineers and soil experts are currently digging trenches and bore holes all around the perimeter of the church to investigate the ancient foundations.

This initial work is necessary to test what the church is built upon so that we can more accurately determine the cause of the cracks in the walls and help us plan the digging of the new drains.

As part of the this work the marble artwork at the entrance of the church has to be moved and stored safely to avoid damaging it, but apart from that our open church, regular masses and concerts will be undisturbed.

Thank you for your support and patience,


Fr James Elston

Parish Priest