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Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

Over 100 delegates attended the successful 2012 Symposium 'Parish Studies Today'.
See also the pictures & reports from previous meetings.


Parishes play a prominent part in recent studies on late medieval and early modern culture. Current debates on religious change, political life and cultural identities in local communities demonstrate the wide range of approaches to the subject and the benefits of scholarly exchange.

At Warwick, several members of staff pursue research interests in this field. Between them, Bernard Capp, Steve Hindle, Beat Kümin, Peter Marshall and Penny Roberts have drawn on parish records for their work on many aspects of the late medieval and early modern periods. The combination of general scholarly interest and departmental strength has led to the conception of the ‘Warwick Symposium on Parish Research’ as an annual forum for specialized papers and general discussion on parish-related themes. Contributions reflect a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to both British and European parishes from c. 1300 to c. 1800.

bar_cropped.jpgDelegates at the 2012 Symposium. Video Still: M. Fuller

We hope to attract a mixture of established scholars, postgraduate students, independent parish researchers and members of the wider public, with new participants always welcome.

For programmes of past Parish Symposia please click here.

The 2012 Symposium 'Parish Studies Today' took place from 25-27 May 2012 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) at Scarman House on the central campus of the University of Warwick.

The event featured plenary papers by Martin Crampin, Chris Dyer, John Harper and Penny Roberts; some 60 research/project presentations by a wide range of individuals/organizations, several workshops as well as stalls highlighting different parish-related initiatives. Further information appears here.

If you would like to get involved in the 'Warwick Network for Parish Research' or if you would like us to publicise information on your parish-related projects/events, please contact one of the organizers: Beat Kümin, Peter Marshall or Penny Roberts.


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The 15th-century parish church of SS Peter and Paul, Tring, Herts and an extract from the Churchwardens’ Accounts
of St Mary’s, Bletchingley, Surrey, 1546-52, kept at the Folger Institute in Washington, USA


The (shortened) address for this webpage is:

Logo design, based on the Norman font at St Petroc, Bodmin (Cornwall): © Don White, 2011


The Symposium is grateful for the support of the Department of History and


Humanities Research Centre 

Logo Royal Historical Society

The Royal Historical Society







Organizers / contacts:

Beat Kümin (webmaster)
Peter Marshall
Penny Roberts

Department of History
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Previous Symposia
Warwick Network for Parish Research


Humanities Research Centre