Medieval Studies Forum

Medieval Studies Forum Meeting - Medieval Industries


A meeting on the topic of Medieval Industries will take place at The Octagon in Godalming. Speakers will inlcude Dr David Dungworth from Historic England, Doug Irvine and Ian West. Further details will be circulated to members of the Forum and posted on the website in due course.

The meeting will also include the AGM of the Medieval Studies Forum.

MSF Study Day - Kingston


A study day has been arranged to Kingston upon Thames.

The day begins with a visit to the Lovekyn Chapel. This is followed by  a talk on Anglo-Saxon Kingston, a tour of All Saints Church, and a guided town walk with a stop off to view the remains of Kingston's medieval bridge. Please see the attached programme and application form for further details.

Farnham Park Survey 1998

In 1997 Waverley Borough Council, the landowner, commissioned a preliminary survey into the historical and archaeological background of the land that forms the New or Little Park (now Farnham Park), just to the north east of the town of Farnham, in Surrey. The Park, which is a public open space, has been the site of a number of finds of important antiquities in recent years. As a result the Council felt that, for management purposes, it would be prudent to establish the range and degree of survival of historic landscape features and of archaeological sites within the boundaries.

Medieval Studies Forum - Members' Day: Research - A way forward


A meeting of the Forum will take place in the Abraham Dixon Hall at the Leatherhead Institute. The morning programme includes a variety of speakers on topics related to research and fieldwork, which it is hoped members will find helpful in taking forward their projects. The afternoon is devoted to short presentations by members of the Forum on their particular research interests before a general discussion on what the Forum can offer in the future to assist members.

Details are on the attached programme.

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage


This is the first time the important and multi faceted topic of Pilgrims and Pilgrimage has featured at a Medieval Studies Forum meeting. Two exciting external speakers will attend the meeting and be discussing pilgirmage from their perspectives: Martin Locker from UCL will be giving a presentation based on his research that set out to explore the link between the landscape and the pilgrim in Medieval Britain while John Jenkins from the University of York will discuss the experience of pilgrimage in relationship to English cathedrals that has arisen from the University's project.

Medieval Studies Forum - Study visit to Godalming


This study day promises a very interesting visit to a local town with a variety of talks on recent archaeology discoveries that throw light on the early development of Godalming, guided visits to the Church and around the town plus a visit to the excellent local museum. Not forgetting the opportunity to lunch in one of the local hostelries.

Please see the attached programme for more details.

For more information, call 01483 532454 or email


Castles and Church Towers


The Medieval Studies Forum has arranged a meeting at the Leatherhead Institute on the topic of 'Castles and Church Towers'. Full details have been sent to members. Speakers include Michael Shapland and Terry Carlysle plus a number of Forum members. The day will also include a presentation by Jo Richards on the recently completed Villages Study Project looking at Esher.

The full programme for the day is attached. The cost is £9 per person, payable on the day. All are welcome. Please register your interest with Brian Creese (contact details on the attached programme).


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