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Symposium: Monuments of Power (Canterbury, 5-7 September 2014)

Symposium: Monuments of Power
Canterbury, 5-7 September 2014
Booking deadline: 31 July 2014

canterburyThis Symposium is to be held jointly by the Church Monuments Society and the Centre for Medieval and Modern Studies, University of Kent.  The Symposium will focus on the monuments in the cathedral together with related high status tombs.  We will begin on Friday afternoon with an optional visit to the cathedral’s mason’s yard and with an evening reception and dinner, followed by the keynote lecture.  Lectures will begin on Saturday morning, and after lunch we will take the coach to the cathedral when delegates will have their own free time to look around or visit the cathedral library.  After evensong we will have sole access to the cathedral together with talks on the monuments.  On Saturday evening there is a drinks reception and dinner, followed by members’ contributions.  On Sunday a varied lecture programme will be delivered, and the Symposium will close with afternoon tea at 4.00.  The event is also open to those who wish to attend on a daily basis.

List of speakers

Kent Rowland
Henry VIII’s influence at Canterbury Cathedral

Tim Tatton Brown
The late Medieval monuments and shrines in the eastern arm of Canterbury Cathedral

David Green
The Black Prince

Kenneth Fincham & David Shaw
The Boys monument

Jessica Barker
Margaret Holland and her two husbands

Kim Woods
Effigies in alabaster in Canterbury Cathedral

Sophie Oosterwijk
Copper-alloy tombs in Medieval Europe

Melanie Caiazza
Expeditions and effigies: (re)locating death, burial and family narratives – a closer look at the case of Sir James Hales

Barbara Tomlinson
Commemorating Admiral Sir George Rooke (1650-1708) and his naval contemporaries

Jean Wilson
Lies, damned lies and monuments: two military memorials in Canterbury Cathedral

Anyone wishing to give a short paper under members’ contributions should contact the organiser, Mark Downing.

The Symposium is to be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, which is about 20 minutes walk from the city centre.  Accommodation is in single en-suite bedrooms.  The cost for the full Symposium is £250 (£270 for non-members), full board.  Alternatively, delegates may choose to attend on a non-residential basis: Saturday – morning lectures, lunch, coach travel to the cathedral and entry (fee: £60, non-members £70), and/or Sunday – lectures including lunch (fee: £45 non-members £55).

For further information on how to book, visit the Church Monuments Society’s website.

Conference: Visualising the Late Antique City, London

Saturday 7th June 2014, Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly

fse_full-imageWe are pleased to announce the Visualisation of the Late Antique City conference 2014, which presents the results of the Leverhulme-funded research project by the University of Kent. The conference will explore all aspects of the urban experience in Mediterranean cities AD 300 – 600, including architecture, behaviour, costume, and material culture.

Admission is GBP 20 (GBP 10 for students and OAPs). All welcome.

Please contact Jo Stoner (jms59@kent.ac.uk) by the Saturday 25th May 2014 to reserve a place.



09.45-10.00 Ellen Swift – Visualising the late antique city.

Public Space

10.00-10.30 Luke Lavan – Streets in late antiquity: form and function.


10.30-11.00 Nikos Karydis – New approaches to the architectural reconstruction of churches.

11.00-11.30 Joe Williams – Object groups in ecclesiastical space.


11.30-12.00 Solinda Kamani – Architecture and decoration of modest houses.

12.00-12.30 Jo Stoner – Domestic material culture: function to cultural meaning.

12.30-12.45 Discussion


13.30-14.00 Aoife Fitzgerald – Architecture and decoration of colonnaded shops.

14.00-14.30 Joe Williams – Commercial object groups: production, storage and sale.

Guest Lecture

14.30-15.00 Tayfun Oner – Visualising Constantinople: recent work.


15.00-15.30 Faith Morgan – Manufacture, wear and repair of late antique garments, with a fashion show of historic costumes produced for the event.

From Research to Art

15.45-16.00 Ellen Swift – Artefact studies to everyday life: spoons and late antique dining habits

16.00-16.15 Will Foster – Drawing architecture, objects and dress.

Case Study

16.15-16.45 Luke Lavan – Late Roman Ostia: urban life in AD 387, as seen by St Augustine.

16.45-17.00 Discussion