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2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, with the promulgation of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

On 3 and 4 November 2017, we are running ‘Reformation on the Record’ – a two-day conference which brings together research using original records of Church and State from our collection to explore this period of religious, social and economic turmoil.

This conference is the highlight of our Reformation programme in 2017. It features more than 30 speakers from academic institutions across the UK, the opportunity to participate in workshops involving original records, and a keynote lecture to be delivered by Professor Richard Rex (University of Cambridge).

To join the conversation on social media use #ReformationOnRec.

Please note that the Reformation original document workshop only have limited spaces; we advise to book to avoid disappointment. This can be done via the order form after selecting your ticket.


PROGRAMME

Friday 3 November

9.00 – 9.30:
Registration and refreshments

9.30 – 10.00:
Welcome (Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives) and introduction to The National Archives' Reformation records (Marianne Wilson, Research associate and co-ordinator of the Reformation Programme at The National Archives)

10: 00 – 11.00:
Keynote address – Professor Richard Rex, University of Cambridge

11.00 – 11.30:
Refreshments

11.30 – 13.00:
Panel 1A: New events space: Purgatory and Property

Stephanie Thomson, University of Adelaide: Wills and Women’s Religious Patronage in Early Reformation England, c. 1530-1558

Anne Thompson, University of Warwick: Beyond featherbeds and silver spoons: recovering and reconstructing the Elizabethan clerical household from wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Sylvia Gill, University of Birmingham: ‘For the honour of God and the weal of his majesty’s realm…’: The Dissolution of the Chantries 1547-1548

Workshop 1B: Talks room: Reformation original document workshop (limited spaces, booking essential)

13.00 – 14.00:
Lunch

14.00 – 15.30:
Panel 2A: Commemoration and Material Culture
Laura Verner, King’s College London: Catholics and the invention of sacred space in the Elizabethan Midlands

Ellie Pridgeon, University of Leicester: Documenting the Reformation: Archival Evidence for Wall Paintings and Church Interiors

Madeleine Gray, University of South Wales: Frightful brands of superstition: traditionalism and loyalism in post-Reformation Wales

Panel 2B: Talks room: The Church and the Law

Paul Dryburgh, The National Archives: Divorced, Indulged, Pensioned. Divorced, Taxed, Suppressed : revealing the Reformation riches among the Ecclesiastical Miscellanea of the Exchequer

Daniel Gosling, Gray’s Inn: Mort & Mortuaries: Richard Hunne’s Common Law Actions Against the English Church

Euan Roger, The National Archives: A Tale of Two Bishops: Tracing the final years of Nicholas West (bishop of Ely, 1515-33) and Richard Rawlins (bishop of St David’s, 1523-36) in the archives

15.30 – 16.00:
Refreshments

16.00 – 17.30:
Panel 3A: New events space: Identity and Experience

Katie McKeogh, University of Oxford: Beyond the recusancy rolls: early modern Catholic culture and identity in the circle of Sir Thomas Tresham, 1580-1605

Neil Younger, The Open University: Piecing together a biography: Sir Christopher Hatton, Catholicism and Elizabethan politics

Mark Wilson, University of Roehampton: Spies and lies – the development of Reformation-related plots: Mary Stewart and the plot against her name; Parliament, Print, Propaganda and the ‘confessional state’

Panel 3B: Talks room: Reformation original document workshop (repeated - limited spaces, booking essential)



Friday evening optional extras (to be booked separately)

18.00 – 20.00: Optional evening event at The National Archives – Public lecture: Henry VIII and the Break with Rome - Suzannah Lipscomb (with refreshments and period music). (To be paid for individually, via eventbrite, earlybird option available - booking for this event will be available end of July)

20.15:
Conference dinner
(to be paid for individually – not included as part of conference cost - further details to be circulated nearer the event)



Saturday 4 November

9.00 – 9.30:
Registration and refreshments

9.30 – 11.00:
Panel 4A: New events space: Documents and Dissolution

Marianne Wilson, The National Archives: Visitations and Valuations – The Valor Ecclesiasticus and records for the assessments of 1535/1536

David Thornton, Bilkent University: The Prosopography of English Monastic Orders at the Dissolution: Evidence from The National Archives Assessed

Helen Watt, Independent Scholar, and Gary Brannan, Borthwick Institute for Archives: The Dissolution reflected through The National Archives’ documents and the registers of the Archbishops of York

Panel 4B: Talks room: Recognition of Reform

John McCafferty, University College Dublin: Ireland’s English reformation: state-sponsored reform goes wrong

Stuart Palmer, University of Kent: Networking Provincial Henrician Reform

Glyn Parry, University of Roehampton: The Reformation in the Elizabethan Exchequer

11.00 – 11.30:
Refreshments

11.30 – 13.00:
Panel 5A: New events space: Documents and Dissolution 2

Nigel Ramsay, University College London: Henry VIII’s New Cathedrals

Sean Cunningham, The National Archives: The Dissolution and the Law: Why Did the Augmentations Need Its Own Equity Court?

Simon Lambe, University College London: The dissolution of the monasteries in Somerset: the records of the Court of Augmentations (E321)

Panel 5B: Talks room: Variety of Gentry Experience

Katie Bridger, University of Leicester: ‘Vita est janua mortis; mors est janua vitae’: Reformation, death and gentry legacy in the Leicestershire landscape, c.1480-1570

Margaret Connolly, University of St Andrews: Private piety and the public record: old books, new readers, and the reach of reform

Hannah Worthen, University of Leicester: “Ye shall trouble no wydowe”: The impact of the Reformation on early modern widows

13.00 – 14.00:
Lunch

14.00 – 15.30:
Panel 6A: Land and Legacy

Hugh Willmott, University of Sheffield: Converting from Christianity; Transformation of the Monastic Precinct in Post-Dissolution Lincolnshire

Rob Wheeler, Lincoln Record Society: The Reformation in a Lincolnshire parish: the importance of land tenure

Ruth Selman, The National Archives: An unresolved dissolution: three centuries of litigation over St John’s Hospital, Bedford

Panel 6B: Rebels and Risings

Claire Kennan, Royal Holloway: Louth, its Parish Guilds and the Lincolnshire Rising

Maureen Jurkowski, UCL: Lollardy and Iconoclasm in Hampshire and Surrey, 1433-1440

15.30 – 16.00:
Refreshments

16.00 – 16.45:
Roundtable: New events space: New perspectives: Reformation on the Record

16.45 – 17.00:
Closing Remarks – Marianne Wilson


Information listed on this page is subject to change.


This conference is part of a wider Reformation programme being developed at The National Archives. We hold an enormous collection of public records that are critical to illuminating the religious practices and popular piety of the time. To participate in discussions, share knowledge and find out more about our programme, join our Reformation research network on Facebook.

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