This is a long-running public seminar series run by the Department of History, convened by Dr Richard Gaunt (Associate Professor in British Political and Electoral History). All students, academic staff, and the general public are welcome. The seminars offer an opportunity for public discussion of local history topics with specialist talks from visiting speakers and University of Nottingham academics.
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Chapels belonging to gentry families were a common phenomenon within post-Reformation parish churches. They generally provided pew seating for the family and servants, or burial chambers for family members, or both. Their general neglect by historians of parish churches can be accounted for in part by historiographical fashion: the interests in tracing changes in the layout of churches that reflected the spiritual priorities of Calvinists and later Laudians, or in exploring pew disputes as an indication of social relations within the parish. But perhaps more importantly, it is because so many of these chapels were obliterated by the refurbishment of parish churches in the nineteenth century.
Richard Cust is an Emeritus professor of early modern history at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the political and cultural history of late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England.
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