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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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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.

With the continuing COVID-19 situation, all Morley Medieval events normally held at the College are currently suspended, with our lectures being held online. Non-members are welcome to join us, but need to apply for membership [as set out below] before being given access to the Zoom lectures.

Membership: current members will have their 2019/20 membership extended until August 2021 at no extra cost. New members for 2020/21 are still welcome, at the usual rate of £10, as below.

Annual Membership is £10; to enquire about becoming a member please contact the Membership Secretary, Marion Winwood at marion@mwinwood2018.plus.com, or Basement Flat, 244 Randolph Avenue, London W9 1PF.

2021 Programme

Spring lectures have now finished - our Autumn programme will probably again be held via Zoom; details to follow.

Visits in Summer 2021 are still planned, but will be subject to restrictions at the time.

The proposed visit to Reading on 8th May with Dr Ron Baxter has been necessarily postponed; new date to be arranged.

Richard Halsey's day tour to Churches near Banbury on 22nd May will now be on 7th August.

19th-23rd July 2021:: A residential visit to Norwich is planned.

7th August 2021: A day trip to churches around Banbury with Richard Halsey.

Previous Lectures & Trips include:

2017

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

2018

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. 

2019

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

2020

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 annhignell@btinternet.com.

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

2021 

 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.

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