A photo of Darren Oldridge in the Great Hall at The Commandery. 5 November.


The Commandery
The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU


05 Nov 2023


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: Anti-Catholicism in 17th-Century England

Sunday 5 November, 1 – 2pm | The Commandery

On the anniversary of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, Professor Darren Oldridge returns to The Commandery to explore the moment in history known today as Bonfire Night.

The seventeenth century was a time of intense religious conflict and intolerance.

Lecturer at the University of Worcester, Professor Darren Oldridge, reveals the importance of anti-Catholicism in this period, and the major part it played in the English Civil War.

Participants will have the opportunity to hold and read early printed books that illustrate the prevalence and significance of “anti-popery” from the Gunpowder Plot, the Civil War and beyond.

Please note that this talk repeats a presentation given at The Commandery in November 2022.

If you’d like to explore the rest of The Commandery, you can purchase half-price day admission (£4.25, usually £8.50) from the shop on the day of the talk.

£7. Limited spaces; please book via the link below.


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