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
|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/
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
|Monumental Brass Society: Study Day|
|The Monumental Brass Society is holding a study day at Cirencester on Saturday 27th September 2014. For full details click here. The cost to members of the Church Monuments Society will carry a discount.|
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: email@example.com
| 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.
|CALL FOR PAPERS|
|FRH Conference in Halle, Germany, 29th
Ocotber - 1st November 2014
For details click here or visit the on-line site here.
|LEDGERSTONE SURVEY OF ENGLAND & WALES SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON THE DEAD|
|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).
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