Autumn 2014:

Sept 27th
Rethinking the Anglo-Saxon Migrations
(Professor Guy Halsall, University of York)

We will explore the Anglo-Saxon migration to Britannia, the break-down of Roman political order and the creation of new social and political units in the former province, looking at traditional ideas and new hypotheses which may help us see things in different ways.Full – ring/email to be added to waiting list
 Oct 4th
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Richard III
(Dr Rosemary Horrox, University of Cambridge)
Richard III is the only English king to die in battle, and the only successful usurper who then failed to keep his crown, since the Norman Conquest. Within a broadly chronological framework this course considers what went wrong.
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 Oct. 11th
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Imaging the Exotic: Evidence for Contact between Britain, Ireland and the Near East during the Anglo-Saxon Age
(Professor Michelle Brown, University of London)
We will examine the concept of links between the Far West and Near East during the period c.550-1050, including new evidence from St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai.
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 Oct. 18th
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The Bayeux Tapestry and Anglo-Norman Art and History
(Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar)
An exploration of the magnificent embroidery known as the Bayeux Tapestry, the most important work of narrative art of the eleventh century and one of the major sources of Anglo-Norman culture. We shall attempt to unravel the great story it tells of the Norman conquest in the light of contemporary art and literature, especially the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
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 Oct. 25th
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Stepping into Britain – A Million Years of Human History
(Dr Nick Ashton, British Museum)
New research on the human occupation of Britain over the last million years from the evidence of footprints at Happisburgh to the last Neanderthals, showing how advances in technology helped survival during dramatic changes in landscapes and climate.
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 Nov. 1st
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Sutton Hoo and the Ostrogoths
(Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar)
An attempt to understand Sutton Hoo in the context of the sixth–century history of Europe in general and of the Ostrogoths in particular.
Nov. 8th
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Barrows and Barrow-Burial, 400-700 AD
(Steve Pollington & Paul Mortimer, Independent Scholars)
Barrow-burial – burial within a large artificial mound – is one of the more spectacular means of disposing of the dead. We owe a great deal of what we understand of Anglo-Saxon material culture and trade contacts to these high-status interments. The study-day will place the English evidence within the wider European and Scandinavian tradition.
Nearly Full
Nov. 22ndMore Details The Black Death
(Professor Mark Bailey, University of East Anglia)
The Black Death of 1348-9 is the greatest catastrophe in documented history, killing nearly half the population and terrorizing the survivors. This course explores the latest ideas about what caused it, how people reacted to it, and how it changed life in England.
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An Introduction to the Old English Epic of Beowulf
(Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar)
This Study Day reintroduces the first great work of English literature in the light of this year’s publication of Professor Tolkien’s translation (and commentary) and the new collection of essays on the dating of the poem from the recent Havard University conference.NB: Note change of title from previously published title on ‘riddles’.
 Dec. 6thBungay CastleMore details Castles, Moats, and Feudal Symbolism in Medieval Suffolk
(Edward Martin, Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History)
Castles – and the less monumental but related moated sites – are powerful and evocative symbols of the medieval feudal system. The day will examine the history and development of those in Suffolk, exploring both their physical and symbolic values.
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Dec. 13th From Yuletide to Nativity: Christmas in Early England
(Dr Sam Newton, Independent Scholar)
Apologies – we have had to cancel this day but it will run again next year.