The Leicester Medieval Research Centre


Many events are organised by or affiliated with the Medieval Research Centre, and these events are open to all scholars and students interested in the medieval period. We also initiate our annual Richard III Public Lecture, which is held in the city's award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre.

The Medieval Research Centre regularly sponsors high profile panel sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI and at the Leeds International Medieval Congress.

In the past, a series of specialist interdisciplinary graduate workshops have been organised, designed to expose graduate students and early career fellows of medieval studies to different disciplinary approaches to evidence and interpretation. Past speakers have included: Dr Chris Fern (Staffordshire Hoard Project); Professor Faith Wallis (McGill, Canada); and Dr John Goodall (Country Life). We hope to initiate these again from the Autumn, to include visits to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for a coins session. Do send us ideas for workshops you might like.

2021/22 Events

All events will be taking place online on Tuesdays, 5.00pm - 6.00pm. Online talks via Microsoft Teams - Join the meeting.

Medieval Animals

Ploughing through early medieval England: bioarchaeological signatures of the mouldboard plough   

Speaker: Professor Richard Thomas (School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester)
Date: 19 October 2021
Venue: Online event

Feeding early medieval Ipswich: Evidence from zooarchaeology   

Speaker: Professor Pam Crabtree (Arts & Science, NYU - New York University)
Date: 26 October 2021
Venue: Online event

Being with animals: exploring affective relationships in medieval multispecies communities   

Speaker: Dr Harriet Evans Tang (Department of Archaeology, Durham University)
Date: 2 November 2021
Venue: Online event

Special lecture

What happened in medieval English churches?

Speaker: Professor Nicholas Orme (Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Exeter)
Date: 9 November 2021
Venue: Online event

Medieval Children

The forgotten youth? A biocultural analysis of children from early medieval northwest Europe   

Speaker: Dr Kirsty Squires (Associate Professor of Bioarchaeology, Staffordshire University)
Date: 16 November 2021
Venue: Online event 

Youth, migration and health in medieval York: before and after the plague              

Speaker: Professor Mary Lewis (Department of Archaeology, University of Reading)
Date: 23 November 2021
Venue: Online event

Children and personhood in Iron and Viking Age Scandinavia

Speaker: Dr Marianne Hem Eriksen (School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester)
Date: 30 November 2021
Venue: Online event

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