A survey of 51 churches and their medieval graffiti was undertaken by Abigail Coskun as part of her Durham University undergraduate dissertation, entitled 'Life and Death, Demons and Devotion: the Medieval Graffiti of Surrey’s Parish Churches'.
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.
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.
Watching brief by G Potter of CA. No significant archaeological remains were found but the fieldwork produced a small amount of earlier building material and pottery, some of it (floor tile and worked stone) almost certainly associated with the abbey.