Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 11, January 2013

Monumental Brass Society - conference 2013: 'Town and Gown'

Date 12-14 April 2013
Location Trinity Hall College, Cambridge

The Monumental Brass Society's 2013 Conference is being held on the theme 'Town and Gown' at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, 12th - 14th April 2013.

The Conference will include visits to many of the churches and college chapels in Cambridge together with a series of lectures on commemoration of scholars and townsmen in the Middle Ages. Access will also be available to the chapel at Trinity Hall throughout the conference where delegates will have the opportunity to view the brass of Walter Hewke (d. 1517), Master of the College.

The booking form can downloaded here.


Friday 12th April

3.00 Visit to the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
5.00 Tea/coffee at Trinity Hall followed by viewing of the Trinity Hall brasses
7.00 Dinner
8.00 John Lee (University of York), Town and Gown in Medieval and Early Modern Cambridge: Conflict or Cooperation?

Saturday 13th April

9.15 Nicholas Rogers (Sidney Sussex College), Why there are not more brasses in Cambridge
10.00 Visit to King's College Chapel and Queen's College Chapel
12.30 Lunch (own arrangements)
2.00 Visit to Great St Mary's, Little St Mary's churches and Christ's College Chapel
5.00 Tea/coffee at Trinity Hall
7.00 Conference dinner

Sunday 14th April
9.30 - 11.00

Sir John Baker (St Catharine's College), Comparisons between Legal and Academical Dress on Brasses

Rebecca Oakes (University of Cambridge), Tracing the top brass: the lives, careers and monuments of medieval Cambridge alumni
11.00 Tea/Coffee
11.30 - 1.00 Robert Kinsey (Independent Scholar), The Brass of Eudo de Helpringham, Mayor of Cambridge

Elizabeth New (Aberystwyth University), Master Walter Hewke of Trinity Hall: man and brass
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch
2.00 - 3.30 Rhun Emyln (Aberystwyth University), 'The eminent doctor who rests for a while under this marble stone': the brasses of John Blodwell and other Welsh graduates

Sue Powell (University of Salford), Cambridge Commemorations of Lady Margaret Beaufort's Household

Rosemary Horrox (Fitzwilliam College), Richard Andrew alias Spicer; Benefactor
3.30 Members Forum followed by tea/coffee


Friars and Friaries in Late Medieval England

Date 16 March 2013
Location Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford
Further information http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/V200-72

When the first friars came to England in the 1220s they attracted immediate attention, and by the end of the thirteenth century they were a presence in all the major towns. The history of the friars is one of paradox: at first they seemed to breathe new life into the concept of apostolic poverty, but as time went on some were despised for their greed and venality. They were intimate friends of kings and nobles; yet they went into market places to preach and teach among ordinary people. Mendicants and itinerants, they were rivals of religious seeking to preserve their property and reputation within their local communities. St Francis saw learning as a distraction to true ministry; yet Franciscans were among the greatest scholars of the Middle Ages. How can we resolve these paradoxes? What was the real impact of the friars on religious life in later medieval England? Who loved or hated them, and why? This day school will investigate.


9.15am Registration
9.30am Welcome and introduction
Elizabeth Gemmill
9.45am The friars of medieval London: Churches, cloisters, gardens and tenants
Nicholas Holder
10.15am Coffee/tea
11.15am Burial and commemoration in the mendicant houses of medieval London
Christian Steer
12.15pm Friars in fifteenth-century Bristol
Clive Burgess
1.15pm Lunch
2.15pm Changing perspectives: The Oxford dominicans, 1221-1538
Michelle Bayne-Jardine
3.15pm Coffee/tea
3.45pm The impact of the mendicant orders in medieval England
Jens Röhrkasten
5.00pm Course disperses


Death and Commemoration in Salisbury and Wessex in the Later Middle Ages

Date 23 March 2013
Location Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
Organisation Centre for Wessex History & Archaeology (CWHA)
Price £15 (lunch bookable at £7.50 per head)


10.00 Conference Opens
10.10 Dr David Lepine
Death and Commemoration in Salisbury Cathedral
11.00 Coffee
11.15 Dr Ellie Pridgeon
Death and Commemoration in Wessex Wall Paintings
11.45 Dr Christina Welch
English carved cadaver monuments
12.25 Dr Simon Roffey
The Quick, the Sick and the Dead: life, death and memorial in an English Medieval Hospital
13.00 Lunch
14.15 Prof. Michael Hicks
The Earliest and Latest Chantries in Wessex
15.05 Dr Cindy Wood
Wessex: Home of the Cage Chantry
16.00 Tea
16.10 Prof Christopher Woolgar
The Death and Funeral of Richard Mitford, Bishop of Salisbury, 1407


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