This section lists events - meetings, lectures, visits etc - by societies other than the Church Monuments Society whose field of interest may be relevant to the Church Monuments Society. Please e-mail the Society if you have an event which you would like to be included. Please note we do not accept commercial organisations.

Information from the Ecclesiological Society

The Ecclesiologial Society's annual conference is on Saturday 5th October and is on the subject of Graveyards. Visit their website below for full details.

For further information and details of other events visit the Ecclesiological Society's website: www.ecclsoc.org

CAST IRON MEMORIALS Has anyone done a study of cast iron memorials? We recently received an enquiry about these, and were unable to be of much help. Contact Trevor Cooper in the first instance at cooper@ecclsoc.org
Public Lectures - Society of Antiquaries

Lectures to the Society of Antiquaries are now filmed and available on the internet. This includes two lectures by CMS members:
Sophie Oosterwijk, FSA, 'Reading Medieval Child Monuments', 5 March 2013.
Sally Badham, FSA, 'Seeking Salvation: Commemorating the Dead in the Late Medieval English Parish', 28 February 2013.
To watch them go to http://www.sal.org.uk/newsandevents/Lecture%20Archive/

Fifty years after Panofsky’s ‘Tomb Sculpture’. New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material
10.00 – 18.00, Saturday 21 June 2014 Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
 'Tomb Sculpture will remain....among the basic works which determine turning points in the history of our discipline'. (Review in Art Bulletin, 1967)
The Courtauld Institute will be holding a one-day conference in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Erwin Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture: Four Lectures on its Changing Aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini, comprising the lectures delivered originally in the fall of 1956 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Panofsky's lectures represented a new attempt to consider funerary monuments as artistic objects, charting developments in their iconography, style, form and function within the broader chronology of art history.  Panofsky also emphasised the importance of tombs as evidence for changing (and sometimes contradictory) attitudes towards the deceased.

 The aim of this conference is to showcase the developments in research techniques and approaches that have led to new insights into tomb sculpture. The core period covered by the conference will be Medieval to Early Modern, but papers up to the current day will be considered. The core geographic focus will be Europe.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Panofsky's approach to funerary sculpture and the legacy of his work
  • Iconography of tombs
  • Materials and their symbolic importance
  • Audience and reception
  • Monuments and the liturgy
  •  Function of tombs- prospective/retrospective, devotional, legal, etc.
  • Inscriptions, epitaphs, heraldry
  • Technical investigation
  • Components of monuments with a low survival rate, e.g. covers, testers, railings
  • Brasses
  • Length of paper: 20 minutes
  • Expenses: funds are not available to cover participants’ expenses  

    This is an opportunity for doctoral and early career scholars to share their research. We plan to publish a collection of edited essays arising from the conference. Please send proposals of no more than 250 words and a brief biography to tombsculpture@gmail.com no later than Sunday 16 February 2014.  
    Organised by Professor Susie Nash, Ann Adams and Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art).  
Call for Papers - CFP Church History Conference

The conference will take place in Oxford in April 2014. Click here for further details and call for papers.
Medieval Memoria Research Newsletter
We are proud to present the new issue of the newsletter '' (MMR)! This issue features, among other things, several book reviews, a call for papers, and an update on the status of the MeMO project, which has launched a crowdfunding campaign. This campaign is intended to allow MeMO to continue its activities after the now completed first phase of the project, which produced a large database and other websites on memoria. In return for your donation, MeMO offers special activities, i.e. Do ut des (http://memo.hum.uu.nl/database/pages/crowdfunding.html).  
You may download the newsletter from our website at the following address: http://mmr.let.uu.nl/index.html 
Alternatively, if you wish to go directly to the pdf-version, please use: http://mmr.let.uu.nl/pdf/MMR_012.pdf 
Death in Scotland - Call for Papers
A conference - Death in Scotland - is to be held at New College, University of Edinburgh on Friday 31st January 2014 to Sunday 2nd February 2014. For full details of the call for papers click here.
 Study Day at Outwell
A study day at St Clement's, Outwell, Norfolk is being held on 26th April 2014. This will deal with the history and architecture of this fine medieval church with particular notice being given to the stained glass, furniture and fittings and the unique roof carvings. The study day is being organised by the Friends of St Clememt's Church and full details may be found by clicking here.
Medieval Copper Alloy Working Conference May 2014
Nicolas Thomas, who some may know for his excavations of medieval foundries in France and Belgium and his brass-making experiments is running a big conference in Dinant-Namur next May on later medieval copper alloy working (see http://www.laitonmosan.org/symposium_2014.pdf  for details).
English/British specialisms
Monumental  church brasses
Church bells
Large crosses and corpus figures
Records of the London Armourers’ and Brasiers’co
Call for Papers
European Association of Archaeologists
Istambul Session - Mortuary Disasters
Aa session is proposed for the Istanbul EAA conference. Please get in contact if this session theme interests you:-
Dead Ends, Funerary Flops and Monumental Failures: Archaeologies of Mortuary Disasters > Organised by Ruth Nugent, Estella Weiss-Krejci and Howard Williams. Please  contact: howard.williams@chester.ac.uk
See https://www.eaa2014istanbul.org/site
    Thomas Browne, the seventeenth-century English antiquary, regarded  all memorials as inevitable failures; all memory eventually becomes oblivion. European archaeologists today might disagree, for even  short-lived and materially transient mortuary performances might have  powerful and lasting social efficacies, mortuary traditions can endure  for centuries, and the biographies of bodies, graves, cemeteries and  mortuary monuments can be charted over millennia. 
   Yet burial archaeologists tend to assume their data represents the  results of designed, planned, competently executed, and hence  completed, closed and ‘successful’ ritual processes. Mortuary  archaeology rarely engages with the inherently contingent, expedient, accidental, improvised, contested and open-ended natures of burials  and commemorations, and their material traces in the past and the  present. In particular, few studies have considered how these  dimensions can often lead to all manner of incomplete, failed and  interrupted mortuary practices resulting from a range of human and  natural agencies colliding within the mortuary arena. 
   Moving beyond anecdotal instances, this session seeks to theorize  different dimensions to funerary failures using archaeological  evidence. Interpreting bungled burials and collapsed catacombs,  curtailed cremations and half-built mausolea, short-lived cemeteries and flawed funerary art, practice-pieces and misspelled epitaphs, the  session explores what we can learn about past societies from when death went wrong.


A Study Day organised by the Ledgerstone Survey of England & Wales: Saturday 6th September 2014

 Venue: Little St Mary’s, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1QG
 The ledgerstone has all too often been neglected as an art form. Used and abused, they have frequently been carpeted over and dismissed as unimportant features of a parish church. However, the genealogical information that they provide, together with their variety of letter-cutting and heraldry, brought about the Ledgerstone Survey of England & Wales to record them and to promote their importance as the preferred form of marker for middle class intramural burial from the 17th to the mid-19th century. English Heritage, NADFAS, the Churches Conservation Trust and the Church Monuments Society will be presenting their views on the ledgerstone, the latest area of funerary art to become the subject of recording.
10.00   Registration and coffee.
10.30   Welcome (Dr Julian Litten FSA, Chairman, Ledgerstone Survey of England & Wales).
10.40   The Ledgerstone: Its function and purpose. Dr Roger Bowdler FSA (English  Heritage).
11.30   Coffee break.
12.00   Recording ledgerstones in Churches Conservation Trust churches. Dr Neil Rushton FSA (Churches Conservation Trust).
 13.00   Sandwich lunch.
 14.00   Ledgerstones and Lettercutters in Norfolk and Suffolk . Jon Bayliss(Church Monuments Society)
15.00   Visit to St Botolph’s church, Trumpington Street.
 To include a demonstration of the LSEW/NADFAS Ledgerstone Recording             Form and a demonstration of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).
16.00   Return to Little St Mary’s for tea.
16.30   Plenary Session. Chaired by Jane Hedley (NADFAS).
17.00   Close.

Cost: £40, including refreshments, lunch, Ledgerstone Recording Manual and Recording Sheet.

Cheques to be made payable to Ledgerstone Survey of England & Wales and sent to: Dr Julian W S Litten FSA, Friarscot, Church Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5EB

 NB: Please include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail. Acknowledgement of booking will be sent by e-mail


9 April: Robert Adam's designs for mausolea

Dr Fran Sands of the Sir John Soane Museum will be talking on a little-known aspect of Robert Adam's work at 6.45pm on Wednesday 9 April 2014, based on the Museum's collection.  Do come and see some of these fascinating and under-appreciated drawings of mausolea and funerary monuments, but book soon - places are limited to 30.

£10 for MMT members, £15 non-members.  Entrance through no 14 Lincoln's Inn Field from 6.30pm.  More information on http://www.mmtrust.org.uk/events/view/16

Robert Adam's monument in St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall to the Rt. Hon. Admiral Boscawen was commissioned in 1761 by his bluestocking wife Fanny Boscawen

16-18 May: Mausolea in Suffolk, RAI visit

There are a few places left on the Royal Archaeological Institute's spring visit, led by Dr Julian Litten, to all the extant 17th and 18th century mausolea in Suffolk.  MMT trustee Dr Roger Bowdler will talk on post-Reformation British mausolea.  More information on http://www.mmtrust.org.uk/events/view/20

Boulge, Suffolk:  Mausoleum of Edward Fitzgerald, translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam