Saturday Study Day Programme

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Spring 2018

 January 20th Suffolk’s Valley of the Kings: Sutton Hoo and the River Deben.
Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo)An exploration of the largely forgotten but clearly once rich history of the Deben valley and its tributaries in the light of what we can see of its archaeology, art, place-names, and landscape history, and especially of the recent work at Rendlesham.
January 27th Collapse and Recovery: the Revival of Learning in the First Millennium.
Charles Freeman (Independent Scholar) Starting with a look at traditional Roman education, we shall consider early libraries, how texts were preserved from the sixth century, and how learning was revived under the Frankish king Charlemagne.
 February 3rd The Oldest Extant Houses: The Homes of Medieval Rural Folk in East Anglia.
Philip Aitkens (Historic Buildings Consultant) A study of the little open-hall houses found in most of the villages of High Suffolk and some of South-east Norfolk; the best evidence we have of medieval rural lifestyle, varying greatly in plan-form, size and quality
February 24th The Kingdoms of East Anglia and Kent.
Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo)On the festival-day of the famous Kentish king, St Æthelbert, we shall reassess the relations between the Wuffing dynasty of East Anglia and the Æscing dynasty of Kent during the sixth and seventh centuries, as indicated by archaeology, art, and documentary sources.
March 3rd Raising the Dead: The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Death and Burial.
Dr Richard Hoggett (Heritage Consultant) Burials constitute a large part of the archaeological record from Anglo-Saxon England, and this study-day uses the rich East Anglian burial record to explore the range of burial rites practised by the Anglo-Saxons. Subjects to be covered include the human skeleton, cremation, inhumation, the use of grave-goods and the impact of Christianity. The day will be illustrated with examples drawn from recent and unpublished excavations, as well as some classic sites.
March 10th Death, Loss, and Dragon Hoards: Early Anglo-Saxon Art.
Dr Angela Evans, former Curator, British MuseumThe Anglo-Saxons had a powerful visual imagination whose legacy is seen in the decoration of their personal possessions, but interpreting the designs can often be challenging.  The day will be devoted to looking in detail at the background and development of the extraordinarily complex ornament on early Anglo-Saxon metalwork, then following some of the motifs to their adoption on early manuscripts and, finally, to their flowering on high status metalwork during the later Saxon period.
March 17th St Patrick  (c. 390-c. 461) – His Life, Times, and Legacy.
Dr Maire Ní Mhaonaigh (University of Cambridge)The fame of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is associated today with banishment of snakes and (primarily in America) green beer. We will examine sources for his life, times and legacy and explore the making of this very famous saint.
March 24th The Story of European Armour, c. 600- 1650.
Tobias Capwell (Curator of Arms & Armour, The  Wallace Collection, London) As a protective system designed to augment the human body, the history of European armour follows paths and patterns remarkably reminiscent of biological evolution in the natural world. In this series of lectures we follow the development of ‘human exoskeletons’ across more than a thousand years, watching as one remarkable species, the élite armoured warrior, evolves to survive in a dangerous and ever-changing environment.