MEMS to co-host Church Monuments Society’s annual symposium

The Church Monuments Society is holding its 2014 annual symposium jointly with the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Entitled, ‘Monuments of Power’ the event takes place between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th September and will focus on Canterbury Cathedral’s monuments, together with related high status tombs.

The programme begins on Friday afternoon with an optional visit to the Cathedral’s Mason’s Yard and with an evening reception and dinner, followed by the keynote lecture. Lectures will begin on Saturday morning, and after lunch delegates will visit the Cathedral where they will have their own free time to look around or visit the Cathedral library. After Evensong, delegates will have sole access to the Cathedral together with talks on the monuments.

On Saturday evening there is a drinks reception, followed by members’ contributions. On Sunday a varied lecture programme will be delivered, and the Symposium will close with afternoon tea at 4.00pm. The event is also open to those who wish to attend on a daily basis.

List of speakers:

  •  Kent Rawlinson, Henry VIII’s influence at Canterbury Cathedral;
  • Tim Tatton Brown, The late Medieval monuments and shrines in the eastern arm of Canterbury Cathedral;
  • David Green, The Black Prince;
  • Kenneth Fincham & David Shaw, The Boys monument;
  • Jessica Barker, Margaret Holland and her two husbands;
  • Kim Woods, Effigies in alabaster in Canterbury Cathedral;
  • Sally Badham, Copper-alloy tombs in Medieval Europe;
  • Melanie Caiazza, Expeditions and effigies: (re)locating death, burial and family narratives – a closer look at the case of Sir James Hales;
  • Barbara Tomlinson, Commemorating Admiral Sir George Rooke (1650-1708) and his naval contemporaries;
  • Jean Wilson, Lies, damned lies and monuments: two military memorials in Canterbury Cathedral.

Anyone wishing to give a short paper under members’ contributions should contact the organiser, Mark Downing.

The Symposium is to be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, which is about 20 minutes walk from the city centre.  Accommodation is in single en-suite bedrooms.  The cost for the full Symposium is £250 (£270 for non-members), full board.  Alternatively, delegates may choose to attend on a non-residential basis: Saturday – morning lectures, lunch, coach travel to the cathedral and entry (fee: £60, non-members £70), and/or Sunday – lectures including lunch (fee: £45 non-members £55).

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