MRC Events Archive

Specialist Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshops

  • 2014/15: "Moore Bede Day" at Cambridge University Library
  • 2014/15: Dr Jennifer O'Reilly: The Age of Bede
  • 2013/14: Dr Chris FernReassembling the Staffordshire Hoard

  • 2012/13: Prof Dominic PowleslandFarmstead, Hamlet or Village; archaeology above and below ground (at the Prebendal Manor, Nassington)
  • 2012/13: Prof. Martin FoysDigital Medievalisms
  • 2012/13: Prof. Faith WallisPrognostics (plus field trip to Peterborough Cathedral
  • 2011/12: Dr Helen GeakeAnimal Ornament & Making Metalwork
  • 2011/12: Dr John GoodallArchitecture and Function & Architecture and meaning
  • 2010/11: Dr Adrian Ailes – Late Medieval Seals: seals and sealing practices


  • 26–27 March 2015: Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England, c. 500-1500 A major international, interdisciplinary conference at The British Academy on the extent and impact of immigration into England in the Middle Ages.
  • 22–23 November 2014: Debating Relious Space from Constatine to Cnut (AD 300–1035) (details)
  • 30 June -­ 2 July 2014: Writing Britain: 500-­1500 (details)
  • 26 November 2011: Power and the Sacred in the Medieval World (details)
  • 28 – 30 April 2010: Writing England: Books 1000–1400 (details)
  • 22 – 25 March 2010: Old St Peter's Rome held at the British School at Rome (details)
  • 28 February - 21 November 2009: A Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England (SPASE)
    AHRC seminar series run by Dr Richard Jones (English Local History)
  • 15 November 2009: Debating Urbanism: Within and Beyond the Walls c. AD 300-700
    School of Archaeology and Ancient History
    University of Leicester
  • 24-25 April 2009: Blood, Sex, Malory: An international conference on the Morte Darthur, its sources and reception
    Keynote Speakers: Elizabeth Archibald (University of Bristol) and Catherine La Farge (NUI, Galway)
    University of Leicester
  • 30-31 March 2009: Language, Texts and Gender in the Viking Diaspora: Viking Identities Network
    Keynote Speaker: Neil Price, University of Aberdeen
    University of Leicester

Public Lecture Series

  • MRC Lectures for 2013–14
    Dr Chris Fern (The Staffordshire Hoard project):
    Battlefield Spoils to High art in early Anglo-Saxon England
  • MRC Lectures for 2012–13
    Professor Dominic Powlesland (Landscape Research Centre):
    From Landscape to Lostscape
  • MRC Lectures  for 2011-12.

    Lecture Title

    Thur 29 March
    Dr John Goodall (Country Life)
    The English Castle *
    More Info
    Thurs 10 May
    Dr Carolyne Larrington (University of Oxford)
    Fictive Siblings in Medieval English Literature
    More Info
    Thurs 17 May
    Dr Helen Geake
    (University of Cambridge)
    The Sword in the Hoard:
    Anglo-Saxon swords in the Staffordshire Hoard
    More Info
  • The MRC lectures for 2010-11:

    Lecture Title
    17 Feb
    Prof. Ian Wood (History, University of Leeds) The Early Middle Ages, from the Ancien Regime to National Socialism
    24 Feb
    Prof. Ad Putter (English, University of Bristol) Stanza Linking in Middle English Verse: Contexts and Associations
    17 Mar Dr Nicholas Perkins (English, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford) People Trafficking in Chaucer
  • Wednesday 18 February 2009
    'The Passion of Criseyde - in Chaucer and Shakespeare'
    Professor Derek Pearsall (University of York)
  • Wednesday 25 February 2009
    'The Wollaton Manuscripts: poetry and prayers from a new manuscript library’
    Professor Thorlac Turville-Petre (University of Nottingham)
  • Wednesday 18 March 2009
    'The Bayeux Tapestry, Napoleon and the Nazis'
    Dr Carola Hicks (University of Cambridge)
  • Wednesday 6 May 2009
    'The Matter of Fulk: Romance and History in Fourteenth Century England'?
    Professor Ralph Hanna (University of Oxford)
  • Wednesday 13 May 2009
    Crusader rhetoric and local response in the Iberian peninsula, Hungary and Poland
    Dr Nora Berend (University of Cambridge)
  • Thursday 24 January 2008
    On translating Old and Middle English
    Bernard O'Donoghue (Wadham College, Oxford)
  • Thursday 21 February 2008
    After the Plague: Death and Judgement in Late Medieval Literature
    Dr Carl Phelpstead (University of Wales, Cardiff, School of English, Communication, and Philosophy)
  • Thursday 6 March 2008
    “The pump don’t work ‘cause the Vandals took the handles”: the Vandals in the Modern Imagination
    Dr Andy Merrills (University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History)

The Medieval Research Seminar

  • Summer 2013

Thurs 2 May

MRC Research Seminar: Daniel Reynolds (University of Birmingham)

Att Seminar Block LR 212

‘The Jerusalem above wept for the Jerusalem below’: the sack of Jerusalem (614 AD) in Melkite liturgical memory

Fri 3 May

Digital Humanities Seminar:
Dr Orietta Da Rold (English)

'Digital Encounters and Cultural Exchanges: Medieval Manuscripts Online'

Mon 20 May
MRC Seminar:
Steve Ling (History)
venue TBC
‘Reforming or Forming the Regular Clergy: The Eighth and Ninth Century Regulation of Canons.

  • Thursday 15th October 2009
    The Conquest of the Northern Danelaw in the light of the Vale of York hoard
    Gareth Williams (British Museum)
  • Wednesday 4 February 2009
    Post-Conquest Interactions: Old English Texts and their Twelfth-Century Users
    Mary Swan (University of Leeds)
  • Wednesday 11 March 2009
    ‘Þe spaces of time’: Mystical Space and the Canonical Hours

    Sarah Macmillan (University of Birmingham)
  • Wednesday 25 March 2009
    The Holy Grail and Sir Thomas Malory: How to Talk about Things that Words Can’t Describe

    PJC Field (University of Wales, Bangor)
  • Monday 28 January 2008
    Self-abuse: Blurring/Defining Sexual Difference in Medieval Texts
    David Clark (Leicester)
  • Thursday 28 February 2008
    Out of Darkness, or Why and How the Fifteenth-Century Middle English Doctrine of the Heart Matters
    Denis Renevey (University of Lausanne)
  • Monday 3 March 2008
    Reading medieval maps
    Alfred Hiatt (Leeds)

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