Medieval Studies Forum

Medieval Graffiti study day

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In recent years, the early inscriptions and carved artworks in churches have become the subject of large-scale surveys, not least for the fascinating pictures which are represented - heraldic designs, word puzzles, ships, architectural plans, figural scenes and cartoons, etc - and the insight they shed on the artists themselves. This online study day will look at recent studies of medieval graffiti in both Surrey and Kent, focusing not only on some of the captivating scenes which have been discovered, but the methodologies involved in undertaking such work.

Medieval Studies Forum annual lecture and AGM

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The Medieval Studies Forum will be holding their annual general meeting online this year, via Zoom, which will be preceded by a free special lecture by Dr Ben Jervis (Cardiff Univ) on 'The Material Culture of Medieval Rural Households'. 

The talk will last for about 45 minutes, to be followed by questions and a short break. The AGM will start approximately at 1130 and is open to all MSF members.

Guide to Researching the Landscape of Surrey in the Middle Ages

Imbhams Farm near Haslemere

This guide is a collection of links to online resources useful for the study of medieval landscapes in the historic county of Surrey, put together by Rob Briggs, Historic Environment Record Officer for Surrey County Council. It acts as a follow-up to a Surrey Archaeological Society study day about the medieval landscape in March 2020, with a focus not on medieval towns and villages but on the surrounding manors, farms, fields and other rural institutions.

Medieval Landscape workshop

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As part of the Sustainable Impact project, the Medieval Studies Forum are organising a study day for Saturday 14 March at Surrey History Centre which will centre around the medieval landscape and some of the less obvious and more specialist forms of research, including the use of primary documentary sources, name studies and non-settlement based landscape archaeology.


The programme for the day will include a number of informative talks:

10:00    Intro

10:10    Dr Mark Forrest, Dorset Record Society 'Using manorial documents for local history research'

Old Woking test pitting (and open day)

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This will be the first weekend for the community test pitting element of the Old Woking Project, to take place over three days in April. All test pitting for this event will be in the gardens of Rosemead, a private residence near the church.

On Saturday 13th April, we will be holding an open day event, where the community can simply show up with no prior booking. Activities will be available for children especially, including Saxon re-enactors.

Old Woking Project half term event at the Lightbox

As part of the Old Woking communtity test pitting project, an open day event will take place over the February half term at the Lightbox, in Woking (Chobham Rd, Woking, GU21 4AA).

This will involve a special public exhibition displaying material found in the previous seasons of excavation at the settlement (2009-18) and information on plans for the 2019 season.

Activities will also be available for children, including the chance to be an archaeologist and dig for artefacts in our sandboxes, and living history demonstrations from a prehistoric flintknapper.

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