|Check out our new web site!
It will replace this one soon.
The Sarum Seminar is a continuously-evolving program for enthusiasts of Gothic cathedrals and medieval life. It began with a 1994 course on Salisbury Cathedral taught by Robert Scott through Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. That first class has been together ever since, and we are always delighted to welcome new people.
Our primary activities are a series of seminars and meetings, a bi-annual newsletter, and this web site. You can find out more about membership, the group's organization, and some other related resources below.
Meetings are held in or near Palo Alto, California, roughly once a
month during the academic year. They feature talks on architecture, music, and
history by university professors, professional practitioners and original
research by the seminar's own members. All Sarum Seminar participants are warmly encouraged to develop
individual or small-group projects of their choice and present their
work in these seminars.
There is a $10 fee per session to cover expenses, but your first meeting is free for those who would like to try us out.
Unless otherwise specified, we meet at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) located at 75 Alta Road, overlooking the main Stanford campus (directions here). The next-to-occur meetings are at the top of the list. (All dates and speakers are subject to revision.).
Information about prior meetings can be found here. This is a record of previous meetings we've held, sometimes with ancillary information such as slides, documents, or links to related material.
The next to occur are at the top of the list.
Benefits of membership include:
You can join us by applying at any meeting, or by mail. Here's our current membership form. Do please include your postal address, because some communications are only available in hard copy. For more information, please contact the membership chair at
Keeping in touch
We maintain a group email list <> that is open to all (you can sign up here). You can add yourself to the email list, change your email address, or unsubscribe - or the membership chair will be happy to help.
We have a list of interesting web links and related information sources. Please send items for inclusion to John Wilkes at .
2007-08-12 Dick Jones, Within the Spire, Looking Down. An article published in the 2007 edition of Spire, the annual publication of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral.
The course that got this all started
Bob Scott's Gothic Cathedrals and Great Churches of England, 1150-1350 Stanford University Continuing Studies course.
Bob Scott's course has evolved into a book, The Gothic Enterprise, published by University of California Press in 2003. Most of the photographs and artwork in the book were supplied by seminar members. Its bibliography is an updated version of the one originally provided for Bob's course.
Trips to Salisbury and the Cotswolds (England)
In the past, the Sarum group participated in trips to the UK, under the expert guidance of Robert Scott, former Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and Julia Fremon, under the auspices of their company The Sarum Seminar.
The Sarum Seminar is a collaborative effort, with roles distributed across the following volunteer group officers.
|Last modified: Tuesday, 26-Mar-2013 00:10:05 MDT
by john wilkes.
Images © Copyright 1998, 2003 John Wilkes.
The Sarum web pages are hosted by e-wilkes.com for the Sarum Seminar Group