Online Conference: Clarendon Palace Conference 2021, 10-11 April 2021

A two-day free Zoom conference to celebrate recent excavations at the medieval palace of Clarendon, Wiltshire.

Dubbed ‘the most important medieval secular building in Wiltshire’, the medieval royal palace of Clarendon is a unique time capsule, occupied from the Norman Conquest but abandoned by 1500.

This conference will showcase some results of the first truly archaeological and scientific modern exploratory excavations, which took place in June-July 2019 enabled by Historic England & resourced by the Heritage Fund.

This event is free but booking for the conference is essential.
Each day of the conference must be booked separately.

Day 1: Saturday 10 April 2021

Chair: Mandy Richardson

09.30-10.00 Cindy Wood. ‘Weeding and Writing: the work of Friends of Clarendon Palace’

10.00-10.30 Tom James. ‘Clarendon: Why Another Dig?’

10.30-10.40 BREAK

10.40-11.10 James Wright. ‘Parallels at King’s Clipstone’

11.10-11.40 Lorraine Mepham. ‘Clarendon’s Pottery and Other Ceramic Finds’

11.40-12.10 Chris Woolgar. ‘Feasting and the elite in late medieval England’

Booking for Day 1 via Eventbrite

Day 2: Sunday 11 April 2021

Chair: Cindy Wood

09.30-10.00 Jamie Armstrong. ‘Excavations at Clarendon Palace, 2019’

10.00-10.30 Naomi Sykes. ‘Excavations 2019: The animal bones’

10.30-10.40 BREAK

10.40-11.10 Mandy Richardson. ‘Leaps & bounds: hunting in Clarendon Forest and Park’

11.10-11.40 Mary South. ‘Medieval merriment at Clarendon and elsewhere’

11.40-12.00 Tom James. Summing up and close.

Booking for Day 2 via Eventbrite


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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