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BAA Lectures: 2016-2017 Programme

logomaneyBAA Lectures, 2016-2017 Programme : Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, 4.30 p.m. (tea)/5.00 p.m (lecture)

5 OCTOBER 2016* – ‘Miraculous Ground Plans and the Liturgy of Building Sites in Late Medieval Italy’ by Dr Lucy Donkin, University of Bristol (The lecture will be preceded by the Association’s Annual General Meeting.)

2 NOVEMBER 2016 – ‘Architecture and Landscape at Restormel Castle, Cornwall’ by Dr Jeremy Ashbee, English Heritage

7 DECEMBER 2016* – ‘Monuments in Wax: Form and Function in Medieval Charters’ by Dr Jessica Barenbeim, Magdalen College, Oxford

4 JANUARY 2017 – ‘The Great English Medieval Bridges: Designs and Functions.’ by Dr David Harrison, International Bridges Group (The lecture will be followed by the Association’s Twelfth-Night Party)

1 FEBRUARY 2017* – ‘When is a Cathedral not a Cathedral? Typologies of Secular and Monastic in the English Great Church.’ by Jon Cannon, University of Bristol

1 MARCH 2017, ‘The Medieval Glazing of Westminster Abbey: New Discoveries’ by Professor Richard Marks and Laura Atkinson, University of Cambridge and Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Studio

5 APRIL 2017 – “See God Face to Face; Pray for the King’: The Late Medieval Painted Glass of Winchester Cathedral c1495-c1515’ by Anya Heilpern, University of York

3 MAY 2017* – ‘The Late Medieval Master Mason as Manager; a New Assessment based on a Systematic Analysis of the English Cathedral Fabric Rolls’ by Christopher Paterson, University of Oxford (The lecture will be followed by the President’s Reception)

NB: Council meetings will precede the meetings on dates marked with an asterisk (*).
Non-members are welcome to attend occasional lectures, please sign the visitors’ book on arrival.


CFP: BAA Sessions at the IMC, Leeds, July 3 rd -6 th 2017

logomaneyCall for Papers: BAA Sessions at the IMC, Leeds, July 3 rd -6 th 2017
Deadline: Friday 23 rd September

After a successful outing to the Leeds IMC this summer where the BAA hosted two sessions, the BAA welcomes proposals for further BAA organised sessions next year (July 3 rd -6 th 2017). The IMC’s research theme for 2017 is “Otherness” which I think could be interpreted very successfully by the BAA’s members and relate well to research incorporating material culture.
“Other” could refer to those who are deemed to be other in society (strangers, foreigners, monsters); objects that are unusual, or out of the norm, and could therefore be considered as ‘other’; case studies that do not conform to type; and even topics concerning what is culturally “other” (such as artistic, architectural, and literature styles).
Approaches to this topic could include how “other” is encountered and responded to, or how ‘other’ can be defined and identified.

Suggested topics from the IMC include:
• Peoples, kingdoms, languages, towns, villages, migrants, refugees, bishoprics, trades, guilds, or seigneurial systems
• Faiths and religions, religious groups (including deviation from the ‘true’ faith) and religious orders
• Different social classes, minorities, or marginal groups
• The spectrum from ‘Strange’ to ‘Familiar’
• Individuals or ‘strangers’ of any kind, newcomers as well as people exhibiting strange behaviour
• Otherness related to art, music, liturgical practices, or forms of worship
Full details of the IMC and their interpretation of ‘other’ and other topic suggestions can be found here:

It is hoped that the BAA can organise several sessions once again, with similar papers grouped together (either methodologically or by subject). Therefore if you do have any ideas about colleagues whose research would complement your own paper, please do include such comments along with your paper’s proposal.

How to Submit: Proposals should consist of a title, and short abstract (50-150 words). Please send paper proposals to hpmahood@gmail.com by Friday 23 rd September. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

BAA Study Day: Opus Anglicanum (26 Nov 2015)

embroidery_610[1]In the course of the later middle ages, embroiderers in England produced some of the masterpieces of the age. Incredibly detailed and painstakingly created their work was sumptuous and expensive. Often created as church vestments and commissioned by both ecclesiastical and secular patrons, the base textiles were embellished with gold and silver thread, a myriad of coloured silks, pearls and jewels. In advance of an exhibition devoted to this subject matter, and due to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2016, the BAA Study Day will examine some of the surviving treasures of Opus Anglicanum in store and on display at the Museum.  The day will begin at The Clothworkers Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe House (Kensington Olympia) and will continue in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at South Kensington.

Thursday, 26 November 2015
Blythe House

10.00am Welcome and coffee

10.30am Intro of pieces on show (Glyn Davies)

11am Techniques of making

11.30am Close looking and discussion

12.30am Lunch (independent – South Kensington)


2.00pm Reconvene at the V&A

2.15pm Embroidery displays in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries (Glyn Davies leading)

3.15pm. Collecting Opus Anglicanum in post-Reformation and Victorian England (Emma Rogers)

3.45pm Discussion

4.15pm End/Tea in the Café

The cost of the day will be £20 for members. The event is free for students, for whom travel grants (to a maximum of £50) are also available.

 Places are limited to 20, of which up to 10 are reserved for students.

 To apply please e-mail Lloyd de Beer – ldebeer@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk –  by Thursday 12th November – either enclosing a cheque for £20 payable to the  ‘British Archaeological Association’ or stating that you are a student. In the event that a greater number of applications are received than there are places available a ballot will be held. Successful candidates will be contacted by email on Monday 16th November.

Call for Papers: British Archaeological Association 2016 Annual Conference: Archaeology, Architecture and the Arts in Paris c.500-c.1500: The Powers that Shape a City

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe British Archaeological Association annual conference for 2016 will be held in Paris. The city boasts a very rich archaeological history that is becoming increasingly well-known due to the ongoing work of the Commission du Vieux Paris, French based university teams focusing on the city’s material history, and scholars worldwide. Paris offers an embarrassment of riches to the archaeologist and art historian, and to set some limit on the possibilities, this conference will address the theme of ‘The Powers that shaped the City’ over the millennium between the end of the Roman Imperium and the Renaissance. Several powers converged and conflicted in the shaping of the city – royal power; the power of the secular and the monastic church; the power of the mendicant friars, the schools and colleges of the University of Paris; and the power and wealth of a vibrant urban patriciate. The conference will take place from Saturday 16th July 2016 to Wednesday 20th July 2016. Lectures will be held in the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), at Rue Vivienne. The convenors for the conference are Professor Meredith Cohen (UCLA), Professor Lindy Grant (University of Reading) and Professor Dany Sandron (INHA). We welcome papers addressing any aspect of material culture in Paris (archaeology, architecture, painting, decorative arts) that reflects on the theme of the powers that shape the city. Most papers will be 30 minutes long; some will be 20 minutes. The language of the conference will be English. If you would like to give a paper, please send a proposal of 500-1000 words to Professor Meredith Cohen (mcohen@humnet.ucla.edu) or Professor Lindy Grant (l.m.grant@reading.ac.uk). Paper proposal deadline: 1 July 2015.

Student scholarships for British Archaeological Association 2015 conference (deadline 23 April 2015)

Peterborough_Cathedral_-_West_prospect_C17_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_13618[1]The British Archaeological Association 2015  Conference  will  explore  the  art,  architecture  and  archaeology  of  Peterborough Cathedral  and  the  Soke  of  Peterborough.  A  full  programme  of  lectures  and  visits  has  been arranged,  covering  the  city  and  Soke  from  Roman  times  and  specific  aspects  of  the  Cathedral and  precincts  including  the  Great  Gate,  the  Bishop’s  Palace,  the  lost  High  Altar  Screen,  the Trinity  Chapel  and  the  West  Front.  Speakers  include  Ron  Baxter,  Alexandrina  Buchanan, Rosemary  Cramp,  Paul  Everson,  Peter  Fergusson,  Eric  Fernie,  Richard  Gem,  John  Goodall, Jackie  Hall,  Richard  Halsey,  Stuart  Harrison,  Sandy  Heslop,  Edward  Impey,  Julian  Luxford, Harriet  Mahood,  Claudia  Marx,  Cathy  Oakes,  Charles  O’Brien,  Lisa  Reilly,  David  Stocker,  Tim Tatton-­Brown,  Stephen  Upex,  Jeffrey  West,  and  Francis  Woodman.
There  will  be  site  visits  to  many  parts  of  the  Cathedral,  including  the  West  Front,  Galleries, Cloister,  Infirmary,  Refectory,  Abbot’s  Gateway  and  Almoners’  Hall.  The  tour  of  the  Soke  will embrace  Thorpe  Hall,  Longthorpe  Tower,  the  churches  of  Castor,  Barnack,  Northborough  and Peakirk,  and  will  conclude  at  Wothorpe  Towers.

Applications  are  invited  for  student  scholarships.  The  conference  will  run  from  lunchtime  on Friday  10th  July  to  lunchtime  on  Tuesday  14th  July,  2015.  Scholarships  will  only  be  awarded  to those  who  can  attend  the  conference  in  its  entirety.  The  scholarship  will  cover  the  lectures and site  visits,  accommodation  for  four  nights,  three  dinners  and  refreshments  throughout.
Applicants  should  email  Andrew  Budge  (andrew.budge[at]sky.com)  enclosing  a  brief  CV,  at  least one  academic  reference  and  a  brief  statement  on  the  reasons  for  wanting  to  attend  the conference.  The  deadline  for  applications  is  Friday  10th  April.  Applicants  will  be  notified  by 23rd  April.  Please  note  that  it  is  the  responsibility  of  the  applicant  to  send  the  academic reference  with  the  application;  the  BAA  will  not  chase  references.

Scholarships  will  be  allocated  by  the  conference  convenors  and  are  usually  given  to  those studying  medieval  art,  architecture  or  archaeology  at  postgraduate  level.  The  scholarships are funded  by  the  generosity  of  BAA  members  and  the  number  awarded  varies  according to  the funds  available.  Successful  applicants  are  expected  to  join  the  BAA  if  not  already members.

BAA Romanesque conference 2016: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage (Oxford, 4-6 April 2016)



The British Archaeological Association will hold its fourth biennial International Romanesque conference in Oxford on 4-6 April, 2016. The theme is Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage, and the aim is to examine the material culture of sanctity over the period c.950-c.1200. The Conference will be held at Rewley House in Oxford from 4-6 April, 2016, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April.

We wish to encourage contributions on a number of broad themes, which we have provisionally grouped under three headings.

The Geographies of Sanctity. This covers architecture and archaeology, but in addition to the development of spaces for reliquary display and studies of individual sites, we would be interested in papers concerned with the provision of accommodation for pilgrims, saints as protectors of cities, and the phenomenon of substitute holy places and vicarious pilgrimage.

Cults and Reliquaries. How were cults promoted through reliquaries, and how might reliquaries be designed to draw attention to the particular attributes, virtues or miracle-working character of individual saints? We would be interested in papers on sites where objects help to define a cult, and papers that discuss how the promotion of a cult through manuscripts, monumental painting or sculpture may have changed during the period.

New Saints and New Orders. We would welcome papers on the new saints of the 11th and 12th centuries, and papers that touch on the attitudes of the new monastic orders towards saints and pilgrimage, as well as the infrastructure that these provide (particularly the Templars and Hospitallers), the sanctification of their founders, and the revival of earlier cults.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the conference convenors, John McNeill and Richard Plant, at jsmcneill@btinternet.com, by 15 May

BAA Study Day: Lincoln Cathedral Study Day ‘making and remaking’ (Lincoln, 6 October 2014)

Study Day:
Lincoln Cathedral Study Day ‘making and remaking’
Monday 6th October 2014, 10.15 – 16.30
Registration open until 19th September 2014 (limited spaces)

LINCOLN CATHEDRAL has for forty years had a full team of craftsmen, and has contributed to the training of workers at other cathedrals around the country. The ongoing programme of ‘making and remaking’ at Lincoln serves to inform our understanding not only of this particular building but also medieval architecture more widely.
Lincoln_Cathedral_(7435757570)Organised and led by cathedral archaeologist Professor Philip Dixon, this day school is an opportunity to visit the works department and talk to the masons, glaziers and carpenters of the works team, and see their daily work on the cathedral. In the afternoon Professor Dixon will lead a tour of the cathedral to look in detail at areas where the craftsmen’s work can be seen in situ alongside historic material.

The BAA is most grateful to Carol Heidschuster, manager of the works department, for generously hosting this study day. The cost of the day will be £20 for members. The event is free for students.

The cathedral is approx. 3/4 mile walk from Lincoln rail station; alternatively there is a taxi rank at the station. Coffee and biscuits will be provided on arrival at the cathedral works department, but participants will need to make their own arrangements for lunch. The cathedral refectory will be open and serving hot and cold refreshments.

Please note: the afternoon session may involve stairs, heights, confined spaces and other potential hazards. Participants must take responsibility for their own safety at all times.

Places are limited to 20, of which 10 are reserved for students. To apply please e-mail Helen Lunnon – h.lunnon@uea.ac.uk by Friday 19th September, stating if you are a student. In the case of a greater number of applications being received than places available a ballot will be used. Successful candidates will be contacted by email on Monday 22nd September, with a request for payment.