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/

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 
Call for Papers
International Medieval Conference 1915

Click here for details of the call for papers for the International Medieval Conference - The political function of church monuments for the 13th to the 16th centuries. This will be held at the University of Leeds on 6th - 9th July 2015. The sponsors for this conference are the University of Nottingham and the University of Amsterdam.
Regrettably there is rather short notice as the closing date is 15th September 2014. Contact details are given in the pdf file accessed as above.
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.

FRH Conference in Halle, Germany, 29th Ocotber - 1st November 2014
For details click here or visit the on-line site here.
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