Anna Yur’evna Seregina PhD in History, Leading researcher, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences (Leninsky prospekt, 32a, Moscow, Russia, 119334)
Seregina A. Yu. Material aspects of the early Modern religious culture and popular history: a review of British exhibitions dedicated to the jubilee of the Reformation, Religiya. Tserkov’. Obshchestvo. Issledovaniya i publikatsii po teologii i religii [Religion. Church. Society: Research and publications in the field of theology and religious studies], Saint-Petersburg, 2019, vol. 8, pp. 412–426.
The article presents an analysis of the impact of recent trends in the history of religions — studies of materiality of religious cultures and the role of the senses in shaping of lived religion — on public history projects in Britain, namely, those connected to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The article is focused on a virtual exhibition «Remembering the Reformation», which was a product of an interdisciplinary research project that united historians, historians of art, and philologists from the Universities of Cambridge and York. The author concludes that the virtual exhibition gives a viewer a good idea of the break of traditional religion in the 16th century England. Emergence of the material and sensual aspects of new religions cultures — Protestant and post-Reformation Catholic ones — are rather poorly represented, and this reflects early stages in researching of these topics.
Key words: exhibitions, religious culture, materiality, senses, Reformation jubilee, English Catholics