Lecture Series: Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 7th April – 12th May 2022

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art announces their upcoming lecture series ‘Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality’. Lectures will be held every Thursday from 7th April to 12th May 2022.

From the announcement: ‘In the Middle Ages, the ‘British Isles’ were far from insular. These islands were, in fact, places of exchange, where art, ideas, rare materials and people came together from all over the world. This course examines Britain’s sense of place in that world, as well as its actual place in the world – in other words, image, and reality – by examining medieval images themselves. Each of the course’s lectures considers one of five critical themes in Britain’s global experience and imagination, through the exploration of works of medieval art.’

This series is convened by Jessica Berenbeim (University of Cambridge) and Lloyd de Beer (British Museum). Below is the list of lectures:

  • 7th April: Introduction by Jessica Berenbeim and Lloyd de Beer
  • 14th April: ‘Myth’ by Alixe Bovey
  • 21st April: ‘Maps’ by Alfred Hiatt
  • 28th April: ‘Metamorphosis’ by Tom Nickson
  • 5th May: ‘Movement’ by Amanda Luyster (Online only)
  • 12th May: ‘Museums’ by Rishan Majeed (Online only)

All lectures (apart from the final two) will take place at the Paul Mellon Centre and will also be livestreamed online. Registration is now open.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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