The Association’s annual programme covers free, public lectures on the Cathedral, and – for its members – excursions, guided tours and themed travel.

Lectures
Excursions and tours

Lectures

The Association’s lecture programme has become, over the years, a valued platform and resource for leading experts on the Cathedral. Whether big-name speakers or rising stars from university departments in France, Germany and Switzerland, many of them use it to give their hearers a preview of ideas and discoveries which have not yet been aired in the specialised journals. Drawn from a broad range of relevant disciplines, they include historians, art historians and archaeologists, as well as theologians, musicologists and others – and their various specialisms were well represented at the scientific colloquy which we organised in March 2015 to mark the Cathedral’s millennium.

Our programme is now defined in close collaboration with the Oeuvre Notre-Dame Foundation. Illustrated talks of 1-1 1/2 hours, question time included, are held every month-or-so from October to June at the Munsterhof, 9 rue des Juifs.

Lecture programme 2019-20.

A typically attentive audience at one of the Association’s lectures.

Excursions and tours

Members-only tours, led by specialists, are another important part of our programme. In Strasbourg itself, we organise tours of the Cathedral, the city’s medieval churches, museums, exhibitions, etc. several times a year. Once or twice a year, we have excursions to towns in Alsace or adjacent regions, as well as longer journeys, lasting several days.

Our 2018-2019 programme of visits within Strasbourg featured guided tours of the Protestant Church St Pierre-le-Jeune, the two adjoining churches of St Pierre-Le-Vieux and the upper parts of the cathedral, a tour of the Maison Kammerzell and a private viewing of the Virgin Mary tapestries. Members-only visits were also organised to two exhibitions : “1518, Dance fever” in the Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame, and  “Strasbourg 1918-1924, the return to France” at the Municipal and Eurocity Archives.

Our Autumn excursion took us to Sélestat and Molsheim; the Spring outing included visits to Lautenbach, Klosterreichenbach and Alpirsbach in the Black Forest. Our annual Study Tour focused on Chartres and Le Mans.

For information on the 2019-2020 programme, consult our news feed or contact us direct.

Visit of the Cathedral’s tower.

Visit of the Cathedral’s tower.