Medieval Graffiti study day

Saturday, 20 February, 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00

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. A discussion will then take place on further plans to see the medieval graffiti survey of Surrey to completion, as well as wider project work on the county's medieval churches.

This event is free and will be held online, via Zoom, though registration is required (see below). Non-members welcome.

Compton graffiti (Photo Abi Coskun)

Schedule for the day:

10:00-10:10  Introductions

10:10-11:00  Abigail Coskun 'Life and Death, Demons and Devotion: the Medieval Graffiti of Surrey’s Parish Churches'

11:00-11:10  Break

11:10-12:00  Alan Anskee 'How we survey graffiti in Kent'

12:00-12:10  Break

12:10-13:00  Discussion

Attendees are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded talk by Matthew Champion, perhaps the leading specialist on medieval graffiti, on Youtube (, which will provide an excellent background to the subject for the day.

Registration must be made in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (please check your spam and junk email).

The meeting will open from 9:45 on the day, to allow time to join.

Postal Address: 
Hackhurst Lane