The Becket Pageant for London is proud to be a partner in Becket 2020.

Becket 2020 is a programme of events and new resources developed by partners from across the UK, to commemorate the triple anniversary of Thomas Becket (900 years since his birth, 850 years since his death, 800 years since the translation to his shrine in Canterbury Cathedral).


Events run throughout 2020-2022 and include:


Inaugural Becket 2020  Lecture by Professor Caroline Barron OBE  

25 February 2020 at Mercers’ Hall link

York University and the Centre for Culture and Christianity

New Becket learning resource with CGI reconstruction of Becket's shrine.


The Museum of London 

Becket Pilgrim Badge exhibition. To book:


Southwark Cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon on 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket preaching in Southwark.


A special commemorative service of choral evensong was held on Friday 11 December 2020 to mark the anniversary of Thomas Becket’s final sermon at the Priory of St Mary Overie, now Southwark Cathedral, before he left London for Canterbury and his subsequent martyrdom in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170. The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, gave the sermon in the very same place that his predecessor had preached exactly 850 years later to the day. Click here to read the transcript.


A relic of St Thomas Becket, which is kept at St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Southwark, was processed in to the cathedral by the Dean of St George’s, Father Philip Andrews.


The Becket Pageant for London is proud to be raising money for Youthscape, a charity nominated personally by Archbishop Justin.


Lent Art Installation to mark Thomas Becket and Pilgrimage


Canterbury Cathedral

Becket tunicle returns to UK (date tbc).

A vestment traditionally thought to have been worn by Saint Thomas Becket at the time of his brutal murder in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 is to return to the UK as part of this year’s commemorations to mark 850 years since his death, and 800 years since his remains were moved from the Cathedral’s crypt into a new shrine.


St Thomas Becket in the Cathedral’s Collections: Tour, Talk, and Afternoon Tea, April 2021 - a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library

Choral Evensong: Martyrdom of St Thomas - Tuesday 29 December: 17.30

For more events:

The British Museum

Exhibition: Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint 22 April – 22 August 2021