Virtual Conference – The Solemnization of Matrimony: past, present and future

20 March 2021, 10:00 - 17:00




At a recent meeting of the Trustees a unanimous decision was taken, with sadness and regret, to cancel the Society’s Residential Conference scheduled to take place in Newcastle on 19-21 March 2021 on the subject of The Solemnisation of Marriage—Past, Present and Future. With uncertainties persisting as to when large-scale gatherings might be possible in the future, and noting that the return to normality for travel and accommodation was still some considerable way off, it could not be guaranteed either that the event could proceed or that a sufficient number of people would be willing or able to attend to make it viable. The prospect of deferring a decision was rejected as this would expose the Society to financial liabilities, whereas this timely cancellation has cost the Society nothing.

We are grateful to the principal speakers who have agreed to participate in a virtual conference on Saturday 20 March 2021 when their papers can be presented and discussed remotely. Please note this date in your diary. Further details will be circulated after the summer break.

Speakers on the topic of The Solemnization of Matrimony: Past, present and future will include:

Professor Nick Hopkins, Law Commission
Professor Rebecca Probert, Exeter University
Stephen Borton, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Faculty Office
Sir Andrew MacFarlane, President of the Family Division
Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events, Church of England



Online bookings are not available for this event.