University of St Andrews explores the impact of the Scottish Reformation

The University of St Andrews is marking the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland with an exhibition exploring the local and national impact of this formative event in Scottish history. The exhibition will run until 10 December 2010.

A series of talks and a guided tour of Reformation St Andrews will be run in association with the exhibition.

The Reformation of 1560 transformed Scotland from a Catholic country owing allegiance to the Pope in Rome to a Protestant one with a church and theology derived from the Geneva of John Calvin.

As Scotland’s ecclesiastical capital, St Andrews was the spiritual heart of the Catholic Scottish kingdom as well as a key battleground in the struggle to establish the new Protestant religion.

This exhibition, drawing together material from the University Library’s Special Collections and Museum Collections, together with rarely seen artefacts from Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews, provides insights into both the world of pre-Reformation Catholicism and the new Protestant church.

At the same time it reveals how the Reformation has shaped Scottish society and culture over the past 450 years.

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