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/
|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|
|CALL FOR PAPERS|
|'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
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:|
|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.
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
Monumental church brasses
Large crosses and corpus figures
Records of the
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.
|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
MAUSOLEA & MONUMENTS TRUST: A LECTURE
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/16Robert 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