Morley Medieval

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Morley College London

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Morley Medieval arranges lectures and visits on the Art & Art History of the Middle Ages, given & led by experts in the field.

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A society open to all interested in medieval art and architecture, Morley Medieval 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. We began in in 1985, initially to offer Morley College students of medieval art ways of extending their studies.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, lectures have been put online, currently via Zoom at 5 pm on the third Wednesday of the month, starting in October.

Subscriptions for 2021-22 give access to all lectures, and advance information and booking for other events. £25 for individual membership and £40 for two people at the same address; or £10 for members not using the internet. To join, contact [11 Granville Road, London, N22 5LP].

2022 Programme

13 August: A trip led by Richard Halsey to visit some churches in and near Milton Keynes, provisionally Bradwell, Hanslope, Lathbury, North Crawley and Broughton. Details will be available later in the spring.


Previous Lectures & Trips include:


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.

11th Oct,: 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.

Friday 23 Oct. Victoria Yuskaitis, PhD student, Institute of Medieval Studies (IMS) University of Leeds : An Anchorite Cell at Chester-Le-Street, an Archaeological Perspective

Friday 13 Nov. Andrew Spira, Independent art historian, curator and lecturer: Russian Icons: the Sacred Art of Medieval Russia

Friday 11 Dec. Lyn Rodley, Open University & Morley College(Retired): Byzantine Art and the Renaissance


 15th Jan. John McNeill, Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association: Venosa, Acerenza and 'Norman' Architecture in Southern Italy.

12th Feb. Richard Halsey, architectural historian: Norwich, a Fine Old City.

12th March Dr Amy Jeffs, Author, Printmaker and Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellow: Misrepresenting History: medieval art, Thomas Becket and depicting invisible truths.

7th August: A day trip with Richard Halsey, visiting Adderbury, Croughton, Brackley, Somerton and Kings Sutton. Starting & finishing at Kings Sutton rail station, £42.25, lunch not included. This trip is now full, but further details from

26th August: AGM via Zoom, at 5 pm, followed at 5.30 by Lecture, Dr Agata Gomolka, Assistant Curator Norwich Castle Project, Norfolk Museums Service. The Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn Project — Principles and Processes.

4th September: A 'make-your-own-way' day visit to Reading, where Dr Ron Baxter will guide us around the abbey and town, Cost £20. This tour is now full, but for details contact

11th September: a day trip to Northampton to take advantage of the annual Heritage Open Days Event . We plan to visit four churches: St Peter’s, St Matthew’s, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre & All Saints, plus other historic buildings time and energy permit. Train from Euston between 09:30 and 10:00 – further details from

20th-24th September: A residential visit to Norwich, guided by Richard Halsey and other invited speakers. £730 single, £570 double pp. This tour is now full, but for more details contact

20th October: Zoom Lecture. Dr Julia Faiers, recently qualified post-graduate at University of St Andrews: Spirited Away: the display and displacement of a forgotten French Entombment sculpture.

15th December: Zoom Lecture. Dr Richard Plant, Lecturer, City Lit.: Romanesque Floors: Images and Uses.

19th January: Zoom Lecture. Dr David M Robinson FSA FRHistS, Historian & Author: ‘The fairest abbay of al Wales’: The Cistercian Abbey and Post-Suppression House at Neath.

16 February: Zoom Lecture. Prof Julian Luxford, University of St Andrews: Art and Northern Sanctity in Late Medieval England.

16 March: Zoom Lecture. Dr Clive Burgess: A Game of Two Halves? The Development of Medieval Bristol.

13 April, Zoom lecture. Dr John Renner, Independent Scholar: Art and the Commune in the Italian City-States, c. 1250-1350 .

28 May: A tour of five churches near Peterborough, led by architectural historian Richard Halsey. Coach from Peterborough Station at 1115, to visit: St Mary’s, Warmington, lunch and St Peter’s in Oundle, St Mary & All Saints, Nassington, St Mary’s, Wansford and St Michael & All Angels, Sutton. Return to Peterborough Station in time for the 1756 London train. Cost: £45, to include coach, fees, lunch & tea.

11 June: Make-your-own-way trip to see the display in Southend Museum about the burial of the Prittlewell Prince. After lunch at the (wrongly-named) Saxon King pub we will have a look at Prittlewell Priory and St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell. We will travel by train from Liverpool Street Station to Southend Victoria Station and return from Prittlewell Station.

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