You are browsing the archive for Events.

Patterns, Monsters & Mysteries

08/05/2014 in archeology and architecture, art and imagery, British Isles, Events, preservation and memory

This new exhibition of contemporary art takes its inspiration from the decorative art of medieval churches in Wales, presenting these patterns and images as digital prints, installation and stained glass.

The sources for these images are patterns and images on ceramic tiles at the former Cistercian abbey church at Strata Florida, patterns on the coving panels of the wooden rood screen at the church at Llananno, and stone grotesques from the exterior of the Church of All Saints, Gresford, one of the finest medieval parish churches in Wales.

An additional exhibition at the same venue is a display of photographs of stained glass form churches in Wales.

Patterns, Monsters & Mysteries:
Images from the edges of medieval art in Wales

Oriel Q
Queen’s Hall Gallery, Narberth
2 August – 6 September 2014
Wednesday – Saturday 10–5

A limited edition booklet with images of the grotesques at Gresford is also available.

Image from the exhibition Patterns, Monsters and Mysteries

Martin Crampin, Llananno Screen I

Image from the exhibition Patterns, Monsters and Mysteries

Martin Crampin, Gresford Grotesque


Study day on Medieval Berkswell

07/02/2014 in Events

In Search of Medieval Berkswell

 Tutor: Dr John Hunt, BA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS, PGCE.

Berkswell has long been celebrated for its fine medieval church, noted for its Norman crypt, and among the most distinguished of parish churches in the west midlands. But what led to its development and what kind of community did it serve. What did medieval Berkswell look like on the eve of the Black Death; how many people lived there, and how did they make their livings; what traces remain of Berkswell’s medieval landscape?

These questions, and others, will be discussed in this study day exploring aspects of medieval Berkswell as we reconstruct the nature of life in the medieval manor and vill, setting the medieval community here in its local and regional setting and consider the influences that helped shape it. We will look also at the lordship of the manor and particular attention will be given to the church of St John the Baptist, including a visit to look at the medieval fabric of the building.

The tutor, Dr John Hunt, is a medieval historian and archaeologist. He is a Fellow in the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham and a member of the Centre for Birmingham and Midlands History at the same University, where he teaches on the MA in West Midlands History.


The day school will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014; 10.30 am – 4.30 pm, in the Jordan Room at the Church of St John the Baptist, Berkswell.

CFP – Renaissance Society of America, Berlin 2015

04/28/2014 in art and imagery, Events, Italian Peninsula, landscapes and pilgrimage, Mediterranean, Parish Research Today, The Alpine Territories

‘Artistic Exchange in Unexpected Quarters’: Art, travel and geography during the Renaissance

 RSA Annual Meeting, Berlin, March 26 – 28, 2015

Deadline May 30, 2014

By popular account, Pieter Brueghel the Elder swallowed up the mountains and the rocks when journeying through the Alps, and spat them out again in his work once home. Dürer and Patinir immortalised the landscape in portable media, while for other artists and workshops, Alpine patrons and churches offered gainful employment and with that, diffusion of style and motif.  Such was the power of this geography for artistic creativity. Studies of exchange typically privilege urban contexts or determine influence through the polarities of north and south, east and west but little is made of the transitional zones in between or those at the so-called margins. What potentials did they offer for artistic exchange? Did it lead to unusual artworks, hybrid idioms or iconographies? Was there resistance or revival of local traditions?

It is nearly 20 years since Claire Farago asked whether “the categories into which our discipline [art history] is currently subdivided are really well-suited to analysing questions of intercultural exchange.” Reframing the Renaissance anticipated the global turn, bringing together studies of old and new worlds in an effort to rethink traditional categories and boundaries. More worlds than ever are opening up to Renaissance scholarship. This planned series of sessions borrows its title from Aby Warburg’s 1905 essay as a framework for new research on artistic exchange and diffusion (papers on sites, artworks, approaches are all welcome) in transitional zones across Italy, Europe and wider worlds, 1300-1650.

Please send your title, abstract (150 words max), and keywords, with C.V. to Joanne Anderson by May 30 at:



Event: ‘The Parish Clerk and the Parish Record in Early Modern London’

04/25/2014 in British Isles, Events, literature and the liturgy, officeholding and local government, Parish sources, Secular law and regulation, towns and urban environment

This coming Monday 28 April, Dr Andrew Gordon (University of Aberdeen) will be giving a seminar paper on ‘The Parish Clerk and the Parish Record in Early Modern London’. The seminar is part of a series of Open University Book History Research Group seminars co-organised with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London titled ‘Paper, Pen and Ink: Manuscript Cultures in Early Modern England’.

The seminar will take place between 5.30 pm and 7 pm at in Room 234, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU.

For more information on the Open University Book History Research Group, please see their website here.

The full list of  ‘Paper, Pen and Ink’ seminars, with details, can be found here.

Upcoming talk: Kineton Warwickshire churchyard survey

04/18/2014 in archeology and architecture, British Isles, Events, preservation and memory

In a late change to the advertised speaker, David Freke will give an illustrated talk on the results of the Kineton churchyard surveys undertaken by the Kineton and District Local History Group in 2010-12.   Entitled “Kineton Churchyard survey results” , it will be at Kineton Village Hall on Friday 25th April at 7.30, visitors are welcome (£2 at the door, includes refreshments).  The talk will cover methodology, dating masons’ styles, changing fashions in dedications, links with the Parish Burial Register, the uses of data, and “memorialising” in the wider context.

The memorials and burial register data can be found on the Kineton Group’s website

We hope interested members of the My-Parish community may be able to attend.



The Monasteries and the Reformation in Northern Europe

03/20/2014 in Events, Germany, Scandinavia

The Monasteries and the Reformation in Northern Europe

November Symposium 2014,

Centre for Medieval Studies,

University of Southern Denmark

Die Klöster und die Reformation in Nordeuropa

Das Novembersymposium 2014,

Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien,

Süddänische Universität

Please distribute to all who may be interested in the topic

 The organizers:

Lars Bisgaard, Associate professor, SDU (

Louise Nyholm Kallestrup, Associate professor, SDU (

Per Seesko, Ph.D. student, SDU (

Conference Ten Commandments

02/27/2014 in art and imagery, Events, literature and the liturgy, theology and church doctrine

On April 10-11, 2014, the conference ‘The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Early Modern Culture’ will take place in Ghent. International speakers will discuss the use of the Decalogue in theology, texts, practice and material culture. The parish is not missing either. For more information, please visit the website There, you will be able to register and find the complete program and a list of abstracts.

Two forthcoming events at the Warwickshire Record Office

02/16/2014 in British Isles, Events, officeholding and local government, Secular law and regulation, towns and urban environment

Two forthcoming events at the Warwickshire Record Office might interest locally-based My-Parish members. On Saturday 1 March Dr Gillian White will be giving a talk on The Great Fire of Warwick (1694). The fire destroyed much of the centre of town and gave rise to an ambitious rebuilding and restructuring project. Today the town centre remains an excellent example of the late-seventeenth century ‘English urban renaissance’. The talk will be held at the Warwickshire Record Office between 2pm and 5pm and costs £3.

On Wednesday 9 April Christine Hodgetts will be giving an illustrated talk about poor relief from the Middle Ages to the New Poor Law of 1836, titled ‘”On The Parish”: The problem of poverty’. This will also be held at the Warwickshire Record Office, from 7pm to 9pm, and costs £5.

More information on events at the Warwickshire Record Office can be found here. Directions can be found here.

Launch of the ‘Gersau 2014′ celebrations

12/14/2013 in Events, Parish Research Today, Projects, The Alpine Territories

My current research on parish republics has led to a close engagement with the rural community of Gersau on Lake Lucerne. For over 400 years, this remarkable micro-state ran its own political and ecclesiastical affairs, complemented by a defensive alliance with the Forest Cantons (a new local history has just been published). Following their military invasion of 1798, French revolutionary troops turned the loosely structured Swiss Confederation into a centralized puppet state and Gersau lost its independence. However, as soon as Napoleon was defeated and the political future up for negotiation, the communal assembly of 2 February 1814 decided to restore the ‘free land’ of Gersau. This was a romantic gesture, entirely at odds with the European trend towards large nation states, and it lasted a mere three years, after which the Swiss Diet decreed integration into the neighbouring Canton of Schwyz.

Logo Gersau 2014 Web Cropped

To mark the bi-centenary of this temporary restoration, and to take stock of where Gersau stands today (given comparable pressures towards European integration and globalization), I have teamed up with the local authorities to plan ‘Gersau 1814/2014 – Shaping History’, a year of commemorative and celebratory events. After extensive preparations, the full programme has just been published. From my point of view, the highlights include a ‘imaginative re-interpretation’ of the historic assembly in the parish church (attended by the current mayors of two other once ‘free’ communes: Dithmarschen and Gochsheim) and an international conference on the relationship between territorial size/resources and the extent of ‘freedom’ in pre-modern republics (with an associated public panel debate in the school hall on 22 March 2014); but there are also guided walks to historic sites, communal pilgrimages, informal discussion evenings, a ‘future workshop’, concerts and even a specially minted republican currency (the Gersauer Gulden) for use in all shops and restaurants. A dedicated website provides further information and regular updates. Alongside, I hope to offer some contextualization through articles in regional magazines (the Y-Mag of Schwyz) as well as specialized journals (a comparative examination of the political cultures of Gersau and the parish confederation of Dithmarschen on the North Sea coast is due to appear in the Zeitschrift für historische Forschung 2/2014). It promises to be an exciting year for the people of Gersau and their guests.

Parish Symposium 2014 – Parish Soundscapes

12/11/2013 in Admin, Events

Announcing the 2014 Parish Symposium – ‘Parish Soundscapes’