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Based at Morley College London, Morley Medieval was founded in 1985, in response to requests from students of medieval art for ways of extending the range of their studies. The Society hosts guest lectures in the Autumn and Spring terms by leading scholars on a wide range of research topics. Cultural visits are arranged during the summer months.

Annual Membership is £10; to enquire about becoming a member please contact the Membership Secretary, Marion Winwood at, or Basement Flat, 244 Randolf Avenue, London W9 1PF.

Lectures are held in B13 at Morley College London. These are ticketed at £5 and sold to members on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. Guests will be welcome, subject to availability – please check with the Ticketing Officer, Carol Jennings,, or 62 Grandison Road, London SW11 6LN

PLEASE NOTE: there is a fee for membership and our events, and they must be arranged by contacting the relevant officers direct, as mentioned above.

Spring/Summer Programme 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, all Spring and Summer events will not now take place, but their details are shown below, for information.

25th April: A day trip to churches in Somerton, Croughton, Hinton-in-the-Hedges and King's Sutton, led by architectural historian, Richard Halsey. Starting from Banbury Station, where a coach will leave at 1040, returning by 1800. Cost £42, with lunch available in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, booked separately. THIS TRIP IS NOW POSTPONED - TO BE RE-ARRANGED LATER IN 2021. For more details please contact Rosemary Clarke:

23rd May: A day trip to Reading, for a guided tour of the Abbey Ruins and Museum, led by Dr Ron Baxter. Waiting list only, but details available from THIS TRIP IS NOW POSTPONED - TO BE RE-ARRANGED IN MAY 2021.

20th-24th July: A residential visit to Norwich is planned. Details to follow, but expressions of interest to Ann Hignell, THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED - TO BE RE-ARRANGED IN JULY 2021.

Previous Lectures & Trips include:


20th Jan: Dr Jeremy Ashbee, English Heritage The Great Towers of Anglo-Norman Castles in the 11th and 12th Centuries

17th March: Dr Niamh Whitfield, Independent Researcher Christian Symbolism on the Ardagh Chalice, an Early Medieval Masterpiece from Ireland

31st March: Dr James Hillson, Emmanuel College, Cambridge What is a Window? Description, Drawing & Architectural Transmision between France & England, 1200-1400

6th May: Day visit to four churches near Cambridge: Burwell, Swaffham Prior, Swaffham Bulbeck and Bottisham, led by Richard Halsey.

21st-27th June: A Continental tour, based in Medieval Le Mans, to include visits to sites on the Loir and Sarthe; with a focus on the Romanesque and a wealth of wall painting.

22nd August: Day visit to Framlingham & Orford Castles, led by Dr Jeremy Ashbee.

13th October: AGM, followed by: John Goodall, Country Life English Architecture in the reign of Edward IV

10th November: Dr Michael Carter, FSA, Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage Abbots and Aristocrats: Patronage, Art and Architecture at Hailes Abbey

8th December: Dr Andrew Gray Monks at Arms – Puzzles of Monastic Heraldry


19th January: Lloyd de Beer, Ferguson Curator of Medieval Europe, British Museum English Alabaster Sculpture in Context 1350-1603.

16th March: Dr Sally Dormer, V&A Year Course Director & Independent Scholar 'A City Renowned Throughout All Britain': Medieval Durham.

16th May: Nicola Lowe, PhD Candidate, Birkbeck, University of London Monumental Marginalia: Margaret Oddingsell's Stone Prayer Book at Cogges. Please note new date - original event, due on 28th February, was postponed due to the inclement weather conditions.

19th May: Oxfordshire Churches I. Starting at Oxford Station at 1045, a day trip led by Richard Halsey. We shall visit St Peter's, Cassington, St Mary's, North Leigh, St Laurence, Cogges and St Michael's, Stanton Harcourt, with a break for lunch [not included] in Witney. Cost: £39.

23rd-27th July: 5 days in Durham, with visits, both local and further afield.

11th August: Oxfordshire Churches II. Starting at Oxford station at 1045, there will be another day trip led by Richard Halsey. Visiting St Mary's, Uffington, St Margaret of England, Little Faringdon, St Matthew's, Langford and St Mary's, Bampton, with find-your-own lunch in Faringdon. Cost: £46.50.

5th Oct.: AGM, at 5.00, followed by: Richard Halsey, Oxford Cathedral: Reflections Following Recent Works.

9 Nov.: Dr Holly James-Maddocks, The Illuminators of the Middle English Poetic Tradition.

12 Dec.: Dr Marian Campbell, Why Limoges? The taste for Limoges enamels in Medieval England.


8 Feb.: Dr Kirstin Kennedy, Curator, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Dept. (Metalwork Section), V&A Museum, ‘If you had … whiskers, it would give them a distinct curl’: Walter Leo Hildburgh’s enthusiasm for medieval Hispanic silver and his gifts to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

8 March: Chrys Plumley, Independent Researcher, An Heraldic Mantle for Lady Catherine Clopton.

5 April: Dr Anya Heilpern, Research Affiliate, History of Art Dept., University of York, ‘Souvent me souvient’: Remembering Lady Margaret Beaufort’s painted glass in Cambridge.

2 May: Following on from the lecture on 8 Feb., Dr Kirstin Kennedy has arranged two handling sessions of Medieval Silver at the V&A.

18 May: A day trip to more Oxfordshire churches with Richard Halsey, starting from Banbury station at 1045. We will visit St Mary, Broughton, St Peter, Hook Norton, St Michael, Barford St Michael, finishing at St Mary, Bloxham and returning to Banbury by 1800. Cost: £41.50, with lunch available in Hook Norton, booked separately.

22 & 29 May: Chrys Plumley will be talking about the monuments in the chapel at The Charterhouse, and we shall also be visiting their museum.

10 August: A day trip, led by Richard Halsey, to 5 churches in Bedfordshire: St Thomas of Canterbury, Clapham, SS Mary at Oakley and Felmersham, All Saints, Turvey and St Mary, Stevington. A coach starts from Bedford station at 1030, and will return by 1815. Cost: £42, including refreshments at Oakley and Stevington. Lunch, booked separately, will be available at The Bell, Odell.

11th Oct.: AGM, followed by: Matthew Cooper, Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, Historic England, The Medieval Inns of Kent, an Architectural Pilgrimage.

8th Nov.: Angela Websdale, PhD student, University of Kent, Evoking the Plantagenet Cult of St Edward the Confessor and the Visual Culture of Westminster at St Mary's Church, Faversham

13th Dec.: Prof Michael Michael, Research Fellow, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, From Westminster to Bromholm: Searching for the Artist of the Dublin Apocalypse


7th Feb.: Michaela Zöschg, Curator of Medieval Art, V & A Museum, Tactile Pleasures: The Collection of Medieval Ivories at the V & A

4th & 9th March: Meet Chrys Plumley in St Helen's, Bishopsgate, to look at the church's wealth of medieval tomb monuments. Now fully booked, but details available from

6th March: Dr Ron Baxter, Research Director, Corpus of Romanesque Architecture, Reconstructing Reading Abbey.

27th March: Victoria Yuskaitis, final year PhD student, Inst. for Medieval Studies [IMS], University of Leeds, An Anchorite Cell at Chester-le-Street. Lecture cancelled, due to corona virus.

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