Go to ‘Current Study Days‘ for the current list

Summer 2015:


April 18th EriswellMore details Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries: Older and Newer Perspectives.
Professor John Hines (University of Cardiff)
Anglo-Saxon cemeteries were at the centre of attention when a systematic and scholarly study of archaeology emerged in England in the mid-19th century. They remain a major focus for research today. This day school will look at the development of this field of archaeological collection and interpretation, at which questions have persisted and which have changed, and at the impact both of major new excavations such as those at RAF Lakenheath recently and of ambitious modern research programmes such as that which has produced a new chronological framework for early Anglo-Saxon graves and grave goods.
April 25th CasertaMore details The Pursuit of Paradise: Gardens and the Human Imagination through Time. Edward Martin (Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History)
An exploration of garden history from ancient times to the modern day, drawing on archaeological, documentary and art evidence to extend and supplement the more tangible evidence of existing historic gardens. This journey will embrace much of Europe but will not neglect East Anglia.
May 9thurnMore details The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Spong Hill: Evidence for Anglo-Saxon Migration? Dr Catherine Hills (University of Cambridge)
The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Spong Hill, Norfolk included more than 2500 cremations and 57 inhumations. These provide the most substantial archaeological evidence for the fifth century AD in England, a period which saw the transition from Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England. The degree to which incoming Germanic Anglo-Saxons interacted with the existing British population is still a contested issue. This course will explain the different interpretative perspectives, and will look at the archaeological evidence both in the broad context of the North Sea and through a detailed examination of the burials from Spong Hill.
Nearly Full
May 16th magna cartaMore details Magna Carta: History and MeaningProfessor, Nigel Saul (University of London)
Magna Carta is perhaps the most famous document in history. The course will examine how it came to be made – and, more especially, how it came to be made permanent – what it actually says, and how it took on the character of the world’s greatest symbol of freedom.
Nearly Full
May 30th shrineMore details Seeking the Body of St Edmund: 1539 to the present, Dr Francis Young (The King’s School, Ely)
The fate of the body of St Edmund after the Reformation is an enduring mystery. This study day explores the search for St Edmund, as well as the reinvention of the saint in history and folklore since the sixteenth century.
June 6thOdoMore details Medieval Dress, Identity and Fashion, Professor Gale Owen-Crocker (University of Manchester)
Beginning with a chronological survey of Anglo-Saxon and medieval dress, we shall consider how dress functioned as an indicator of gender, status, and ethnicity. We shall also discuss the concept of ‘fashion’. We will then consider the materials from which medieval textiles were made and discuss the evolution of technology and processes throughout the Middle Ages. After lunch, we shall see how costume is used as a signifier in the most famous of medieval artworks, the Bayeux Tapestry, and discuss how far it can be trusted as evidence of ‘real’ eleventh-century clothing. Finally, we will focus on the use of gold and silk in dress, homing in on individual examples which still survive.
Full – please email to be added to the waiting list
June 13th HengestMore Details Bede and the Beginnings of England, Dr Sam Newton (Independent Scholar)
An introduction to the primary source for our understanding of the history of early Anglo-Saxon England, starting with a reassessment of Bede’s account of the legend of Hengest and Horsa.
June 27th HoulderMore details Photography for Archaeologists.
Eric Houlder LRPS, MIfL
Everyone from professionals to community dig volunteers will benefit from this day. Using examples from over fifty years of photographing excavations,(including Sutton Hoo) Eric will show how to shoot every type of feature from structures to pits, burials to boats, and everything in between.
July 4th StitchMore Details Leechcraft – the Early English Healing Tradition. Steve Pollington & Robin Baker (Independent Scholars)
An examination of medical practice in Anglo-Saxon England with a focus on plant-based preparations. Evidence will be drawn from archaeology and the three Old English principal manuscripts to indicate the range of materials used and the purposes to which they were put. The combination of classical medical literature and native herblore produced a remarkably diverse medical tradition.
July 11th AinsworthMore details Illuminating the Past: archaeology in the landscape. Professor Stewart Ainsworth FSA, MCIfA (University of Chester)
The landscape itself is a record of past cultural activity in the same way as written documents or archaeological artefacts. Examining the evidence we can see in the landscape around us enables us understand archaeological monuments in a way not possible from excavation alone. This study day will show how this evidence can be decoded using a combination of traditional skills and latest hi-tech approaches.
Full – email to be added to the waiting list
July 18th BeholdMore details Rebellion and Regicide – East Anglia 1647 – 1649
Andrew Lacey, Independent Scholar
The puritan heartland of East Anglia experienced a series of riot against the authority of Parliament and, in 1648, a full-scale Royalist rebellion culminating in the siege of Colchester. This day school will consider why these riots and rebellions took place and how they set the scene for the trial and execution of Charles I.