Fine art society to mark 30 years anniversary

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker - Credit: Archant

Ely Decorative and Fine Arts Society will be celebrating its 30th anniversary later this month with a lecture on one of Ely’s most prominent medieval figures.

Christopher de Hame, a fellow of Corpus Christie College, will be giving a lecture on Matthew Parker – a key figure during the Reformation who was appointed a senior canon at Ely Cathedral in 1541.

During his life, Parker created a celebrated collection of early English manuscripts and books and he entrusted the collection to Corpus Christie in 1574 a year before his death.

Parker served under King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and, after his time in Ely, went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury, until his death in 1575.

The society will welcome members and guests to the Old Palace, opposite Ely Cathedral, on June 18, at 7pm.

After the lecture, there will be a cake cutting and refreshments during a reception to celebrate the society’s anniversary.

Guests will include dignitaries from Ely Cathedral and the mayor of Ely, Councillor Lis Every.

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