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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 from September 2017 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. From Autumn 2018 doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. These are ticketed at £5 and sold on a first come, first served basis. Guests will be welcome, subject to availability – please check with the Ticketing Officer.

Tickets for the Spring programme are now availaible, from our NEW Ticketing Officer: Carol Jennings,, or 62 Grandison Road, London SW11 6LN

Spring Programme 2019

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.

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. Booking form & further details from: Rosemary Clarke,

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.

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: John Goodall, Country Life English Architecture in the reign of Edward IV Preceded by the AGM, at 5.30, also in B13.

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.

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