Events List for Study Days

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

An assessment of what we can ascertain about the other barrows and burials at Sutton Hoo, which form the most immediate context for our understanding of the great ship-burial. Starting with the surrounding East Anglian landscape, we shall then focus in on Basil Brown’s excavations at Sutton Hoo in 1938 and those of his successors, taking each barrow in turn. We shall complete the day with a look at the most recently discovered burials, those found beneath part of the National Trust Visitors’ Centre.

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

This day will focus on some of the themes raised in my book, The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason, first published in 2003, but we will take the story on beyond the fall of the Roman empire. We shall consider the role of the Church in the reopening the western mind, which forms part of the subject of my next book, The Awakening, A History of the Western Mind, AD 500-1700 (due for publication, April 2020).

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

The period from late Roman Britain to the formation of the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms remains one of the most intractable in British archaeology. Here we shall review evidence from excavations in Colchester in particular and from Essex in general, in an attempt to throw light on the late Roman town and its landscape.  After lunch we shall consider the origins and early history of the kingdom of the Eastern Saxons from the perspective of the Anglo-Saxons, with special attention to the Prittlewell burial. 

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

Focussing on the key excavated sites, primarily cemeteries and settlements, and related documentary sources for this important early Anglo-Saxon kingdom, we shall discuss the people, landscape, culture, and connections for the period AD400-1066.

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

It is often said that Æthelstan (ruled 925-939), grandson of Ælfred the Great, was the first king of England.  Yet it seems likely that Rædwald of East Anglia (died c.625) ruled over a similarly wide area, for after his victory at the Battle of the River Idle in 617, he was the first overlord of both southern and northern Britain.  His triumph by the River Idle also appears to have been the first time that a baptised English king gained victory on the field of battle.  Rædwald may thus have been regarded as a very great king indeed, all of which strengthens the probability that he was the king who lay in state aboard the Sutton Hoo ship-burial.

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

During the day we will look at the forms and style of music from the Elizabethan period through a variety of genres – ranging from the music of the streets and theatre to the music of the church, court and stately homes. In doing so we shall also focus on the music played in the homes of the cultured families of the Petres in Ingatestone, the Pastons of Norfolk and the Kytsons at Hengrave.  Composers and their works will be illustrated by a lecture recital of Elizabethan keyboard music.

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

Front-line archaeologist Jo Caruth will present some of the evidence from recent excavations and post-excavation researches in Suffolk and discuss how these can be used to develop our understanding of social structure, daily life, and death in early Anglo-Saxon Suffolk.

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

To mark the feast-day of St Benedict, one of the great pioneers of European monasticism, this study-day will consider examples from within East Anglia and from further afield to examine the development of monastic landscapes throughout the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods. We will be looking in particular, at the emergence of the monastic cloister and precinct, the management of monastic estates and the effects of the Dissolution. 

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Study Day Place £42.00 (GBP)  
First Time Discounted £25.00 (GBP)  

Most of us are aware of church dedications, but what can we find out about them? Can they tell us anything about the history of the church? This day will look at the dedications of parish churches and of other saints’ cults observed within them, drawing particularly on evidence from Essex.

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Please remember to ‘add to the event cart’  ONE day at a time.  Do not select all your Study Days and then attempt to ‘Add to the Event Cart’.

PayPal provide the on-line banking service for us.  If you don’t have a PayPal account, just click on the bottom box ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ and you will prompted for the normal card details etc.