Institute for Medieval Research

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Events archive

The activities archive gives you a taste of the wide and varied programme within the IMR. This includes papers which have been given at national and international conferences. In addition some conference proceedings have been made available as open educational resources.

Past events

Medieval postgraduate seminar double bill

Date
26/05/2022
Location:
A27 Humanities, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series to meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome!

Medieval postgraduate seminar double bill

Date
28/04/2022
Location:
A3 Humanities Building, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series to meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome!

Medieval postgraduate seminar double bill

Date
31/03/2022
Location:
A3 Humanities Building, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series to meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome!

Medieval postgraduate seminar double bill

Date
24/02/2022
Location:
A3 Humanities Building, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series to meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome!

Talk by Alexander Makin: Early medieval embroidery

Date
25/01/2022
Description
Join Chris King from the Department of Classics and Archaeology and Alexander Makin for this fascinating talk on embroidery during the Early Medieval period.

Medieval postgraduate seminar double bill

Date
25/11/2021
Location:
A3 Humanities Building, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series to meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome!

Exhibition tour by Chris King

Date
13/11/2021
Description
Join Chris King from the Department of Classics and Archaeology for this fascinating tour of the Cultures of Cloth exhibition.

Cassidy Croci: A landscape of change

Date
28/10/2021
Location:
A3 Humanities Building, University Park
Description
Come along to the first medieval postgraduate seminar of the new academic year and meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome.

Cultures of Cloth - talk by Chris King

Date
26/10/2021
Description
Join Chris King from the Department of Classics and Archaeology for this fascinating talk on textiles in the medieval East Midlands.

Cultures of Cloth exhibition

Date
16/09/2021 - 20/02/2022
Description
Discover the history of textiles in the East Midlands through the fascinating Cultures of Cloth exhibition at Lakeside Arts, curated by Dr Chris King.

Cultures of Cloth conference

Date
24/07/2021
Description
Find out more the upcoming Cultures of Cloth conference, organised by Chris King from the Department of Classics and Archaeology.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
17/12/2020
Location:
Humanities C53, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series and meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
19/11/2020
Location:
Humanities C53, University Park
Description
Come along to the medieval postgraduate seminar series and meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
29/10/2020
Location:
Humanities C53, University Park
Description
Come along to the first medieval postgraduate seminar of the year and meet fellow medievalists from across the University. All welcome.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
18/06/2020
Location:
B53 Humanities, University Park
Description
This month's talk is 'From Medieval Maleficia to Diabolic Witchcraft: Tracing Ideas of Sorcery in the German Lands from 1480 to 1560' by Natalie Grace. Refreshments provided.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
21/05/2020
Location:
B53 Humanities, University Park
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* This month's talk is 'Ale, Brewing and Drinking in Chester in the Late Middle Ages' by Pamela Powell. Refreshments provided.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
19/03/2020
Location:
B53 Humanities, University Park
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* This month's talk is 'Archaeological databases – the base behind the data' by Elisabeth Magin. Refreshments provided.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
20/02/2020
Location:
B53 Humanities, University Park
Description
This month's talk is 'The practical and fantastical sea in early medieval Wales and Ireland' by Beatrice Wallbank. Refreshments provided.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
23/01/2020
Location:
B53 Humanities, University Park
Description
This month's talk is 'Historic Graffiti – the Hidden Story of the Hopes, Fears and Desires of a Nation' with James Wright. Refreshments provided.

Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar

Date
12/12/2019
Location:
Humanities C53, University Park
Description
This month's talk is 'The Lene family's day in court: waste, salvage and vandalism on a fourteenth century Suffolk manor' with Joe Peake. Refreshments provided.
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Selected events prior to 2012

2011-2012

  • Chris King (Archaeology): 'Constructing Space and Society in Late Medieval Town Houses'
    (19 October 2011) 
  • Christopher Dyer (Local History): 'The Origins of the English Village Revisited (700-1200)
    (12 November 2011)
  • Dr Nicola Royan (Centre for Regional Literatures and Cultures): 'The Scottish Identity of Gavin Douglas'
    (15 Nov 2011)
 

 

2010-2011

  • Accessing the Medieval (2010-11)
    Accessing the Medieval was a research series of public events, including lectures and workshops, organised by the Institute for Medieval Research and the  Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections exploring the relationship between popular perceptions of the Middle Ages and academic research in the discipline.
    Find out more.

  • Judith Jesch: ‘Runes and words: runology in a lexicographical context’
    Invited plenary lecture, Seventh International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Runes in Context’, Oslo, Norway. 9-13 Aug, 2010. Invited plenary lecture, Seventh International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, ’, Oslo, Norway. 9-13 Aug, 2010.

  • Judith Jesch: ‘Looking for Vikings in the Nottinghamshire landscape’
    Invited lecture, Annual Conference of the Society for Landscape Studies, ‘Landscape History of Sherwood Forest and Nottinghamshire’, Nottingham. 11 September 2010.
  • Conference: Gender and the Pre-Modern City
    University of Nottingham: 11-12 September 2010
    Further details
  • Judith Jesch: ‘Looking for Vikings in the Nottinghamshire landscape’
    Invited lecture, Sherwood Archaeology Society, Mansfield. 20 October 2010.
  • Judith Jesch: ‘Viking weapons and skaldic verse’ 
    Invited keynote lecture, Interdisciplinary PhD Course in Viking Studies, Aarhus, Denmark. 3-4 November 2010
  • Conference: Constructing and Transmitting Identities in the Medieval World: Textual and Material Perspectives 
    IMR Postgraduate Conference, University of Nottingham: 6 November 2010
    Further details
  • Judith Jesch: ‘Crossing the ocean: the Norse gods in the Viking diaspora’ 
    Invited lecture, ‘Gods and Goddesses on the Edge: Myth and Liminality in the North’, Reykjavík, Iceland. 12-13 November
  • Ross Balzaretti: 'Liguria in the Early Middle Ages' 
    Invited seminar at the University of Edinburgh. 30 November 2010.
  • Conference: Disease, Disability and Medicine in Medieval Europe: Disability and the Law
    Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Nottingham: 12-13 December 2010
    Further details
  • Ross Balzaretti: 'Liguria in the Early Middle Ages'
    Invited seminar at the University of St Andrews. 13 December 2010.
  • Judith Jesch: ‘Viking weapons and skaldic verse’ 
    Invited lecture, Viking Society Student Conference, Cambridge. 12 February 2011. 
  • Catherine Attwood 
    Invited paper, Être poète au temps de Charles d'Orléans, University of Avignon. 25-27 March 2011.
  • Judith Jesch: ‘Rognvald, Earl of Orkney – a Norwegian poet?’
    Invited keynote lecture, Inaugural St Magnus Conference, Kirkwall. 14-15 April 2011.
  • Dr Kevin Leahy (British Museum Portable Antiquities) 'The Staffordshire Hoard' 
    (19 May 2011)
 

 

2009-2010

  • Conference: Germania Remembered
    University of Nottingham: 19-20 November 2009
  • Postgraduate Round Table: Identities
    (3 December 2009)
    Speakers: 
    • Gareth Davies (Archaeology)
    • Dayanna Knight (Archaeology)
    • Rachel Midlemass (History)
    • Rebecca Reynolds (Archaeology)
  • Thomas Pickles (York): 'Topography, Exegesis and Vocation'
    (14 January 2010)
  • Michael Wood: 'Saxons, Celts and Vikings: The Reign of Athelstan (925-39) and the Creation of England'
    Michael Wood is well known as a popular historian: he has written and presented numerous programmes for television including In Search of the Dark Ages (1981) and Christina: A Medieval Life (BBC Four 2008). 
    (Inaugural lecture: 1 March 2010)
  • Ian Wood (University of Leeds) 'The Risorgimento, German Unification and the Making of the Early Middle Ages' 
    (IMR Annual Public Lecture 17 March 2010)
  • Dr Kathryn Lowe: 'Travels with Auntie: Me, Melvyn and the Media' 
    A graduate of Nottingham and senior lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Dr Lowe advised Melvyn Bragg on his landmark TV series The Adventures of English (2002) and the radio series The Routes of English (1999-2001).
    (18 March 2010)
  • Dr Rob Lutton (History): 'God, Sex and Fashion: The Reading Habits of the Fifteenth-Century English Gentlewoman'
    (26 May 2010)
  • Conference: The Art of Collaboration: Interdisciplinary Approaches to History
    University of Nottingham: 8 June 2010
    Further details
  • Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre (English): 'Sir Thomas Chaworth and his Books'
    (Performing Arts Workshop: 16 June 2010)  
  • Conference: Perceptions of Place: English Place-Name Study and Regional Variety
    University of Nottingham: 23-27 June 2010
    Further details
  • Sarah Skinner (Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery) : 'Nottingham Alabasters in the Nottingham Castle Collection'
    (14 July 2010)
 

 

2008-2009

  • Alfred Hiatt (University of Leeds): 'Deep South in the Middle Ages'
    (30 Oct 2008)
  • Patrick Conner (West Virginia University): 'The Abbotsbury Guild Statutes: Writ Legal and Literary?'
    (11 November 2008)
  • Eva Panagiotakopulu (University of Edinburgh):'Farms, fish and cereals, an entomological approach to Norse expansion'
    (27 November 2008) 
  • Round Table: North, South, East & West in the Medieval World
    (4 December 2008)
    Speakers: 
    • Dr Mary Cunningham (Theology)
    • Professor Judith Jesch (English)
    • Dr Christopher Loveluck (Archaeology)
    • Dr Nicola Royan (English)
  • Natasha Hodgson (Nottingham Trent University): 'Lions, tigers, and bears: encounters with wild animals and bestial imagery in the context of the crusades'
    (5 February 2009)
  • Professor Hugh N Kennedy (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) : 'Continuity and Change through the early Muslim Conquests of the Middle East'
    (Annual Lecture: Thursday 5 March 2009) 
  • Monica White (Russian and Slavonic Studies):'The Art and Science of Dragon-Slaying in Byzantium'
    (6 May 2009)
  • Conference - North & South, East & West: Movements in the Medieval World
    IMR Postgraduate Conference, University of Nottingham: 30-31 May 2009
    Online publication of conference proceedings
 

 

Accessing the Medieval (2010-11)

Accessing the Medieval was a research series of public events, including lectures and workshops, organised by the Institute for Medieval Research and the  Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections exploring the relationship between popular perceptions of the Middle Ages and academic research in the discipline.

Describing the Middle Ages Round Table and Workshops (9 Mar 2011)

  • Describing the Middle Ages: A Lunch-Time Round Table
    From Arthur and the Britons, through the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, to the changing society of the fifteenth century, the Middle Ages offer literary settings attractive to both writers and readers. This event brings together three writers with a particular interest in the Middle Ages to discuss the appeal of that wide historical period, and the challenges and attractions of its deployment.
  • Describing the Middle Ages: Writing Workshops
    Following on from the round table, there will be an opportunity to discuss in more detail with the writers their techniques for describing and bringing to life the Middle Ages, and how these can be developed. Participants in the Round Table and the Workshops (Chair: Thomas Legendre, School of English)

    Kevin Crossley-Holland
    A poet and prize-winning author for children, Kevin Crossley-Holland’s recent and forthcoming books are The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood, Bracelet of Bones and his new and selected poems The Mountains of Norfolk.  The Seeing Stone, part of his Arthurian trilogy, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award. The trilogy has won worldwide critical acclaim and has been translated into twenty-five languages.

    Michael Jecks
    Michael Jecks is probably best known for his medieval mystery series based around the Templar Sir Baldwin Furnhill and the Bailiff Simon Puttock. One of this series, The Death Ship of Dartmouth, was shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, a rare distinction for medieval mysteries. Reviewers of this series have commented particularly on the historical accuracy of his novels.

    Ian Mortimer
    Trained as an archivist and academic historian, Ian Mortimer has been a full-time writer since 2001. He has written The Time-Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, as well as a series of medieval biographies, whose subjects are Roger Mortimer, Edward III, Henry IV and Henry V.

Events at the Lakeside Arts Centre Friday 30 April 2010 – Sunday 8 August 2010

Exhibition

  • Saints, Sinners and Story Tellers: Medieval Wollaton Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham
    Weston Gallery, DH Lawrence Pavilion 20 Apr - 8 Aug 2010

Lunchtime talks

    • Keeping safe and sharing access
      The curators reveal more about the development of the exhibition in the context of recent conservation, digitisation and research projects.
      (5 May 2010)
    • Dr Rob Lutton: 'God, Sex and Fashion: The Reading Habits of the Fifteenth-Century English Gentlewoman'
      What the medieval texts tell us about their owners and readers.
      (26 May 2010)
    • Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre: 'Sir Thomas Chaworth and his Books'
      Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre, academic advisor for the exhibition, on the life and legacy of Sir Thomas Chaworth (d.1459), the original owner of the Wollaton Antiphonal.
      (16 Jul 2010)
    • Sarah Skinner: 'Nottingham Alabasters in the Nottingham Castle Collection'
      Sarah Skinner, Keeper of Art at Nottingham Castle Museum, on the background to the alabaster trade in medieval Nottingham and the image of St Zita, on display in the exhibition.
      (14 Jul 2010)

Concert

    • Binchois Consort, Director Andrew Kirkman, Concert of Music from the Wollaton Antiphonal, Djanogly Recital Hall
      (8 May 2010)   
 

 

 

Institute for Medieval Research

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD


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