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Provisional Programme

Please note that this schedule is provisional and subject to change.

Check back regularly for updates.

Plenaries - Presentations - Discussion Panels - Workshops - Stalls



Opening address (Friday 25 May 2012, 5 pm, Scarman House)

· Prof. Beat Kümin (Warwick University, History)

'Parish Studies Today: Approaches, Interactions, Perspectives'


Plenary lectures (1 hour + 30 minutes discussion)

Friday evening

· Prof. John Harper (Bangor University, School of Music)

‘Exploring the experience of worship in the late medieval parish church’


Saturday morning

· Prof. em. Chris Dyer (University of Leicester, Centre for English Local History)

‘Have historians been too sentimental about the village community, 1334-1540?’


Saturday afternoon

· Dr Penny Roberts (University of Warwick, History)

‘Conflict and violence in the French urban parish in the age of the Reformation’


Sunday morning

· Martin Crampin (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

‘Discovering the visual culture of Welsh parish churches in the modern age’


Presentations (20 minutes+10 minutes discussion in 2-hour parallel sessions)

· Dr Jenny Alexander (University of Warwick, History of Art)

‘Nottingham St Mary’s church, ‘excellent, new and uniforme yn work’

·  Ruth Barbour (Local History, Leicester)

‘Catholics in the deanery of Warwick 1670 -1820: How many, where and who?’

·  Stephen Bates (University of Warwick, History)

‘Parochial encounters with the Virgin Mary in Reformation England’

· Michal Bauwens (University of Ghent, Institute of Early Modern History)

‘Rebuilding the parish: The Saint James parish in Ghent (1566-1600)’

· John Bland (Warwickshire Local History Society)

‘Warwickshire Local History Society’

· Mark Booth (former Senior Archivist, Warwickshire Record Office)

‘The Manorial Documents Register and the Historic Towns Project’

· Prof. Jeremy Boulton (Newcastle University, School of Historical Studies)

‘How to be duck food: pauper burials in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, 1747-1825’

· Revd Mark Bratton / Jill Bailey Tompkins

‘Spirit of Berkswell Project’

· Alexander Brodie

‘Bastard priest [on the life of a Scottish-born 19thC vicar of Grandborough, Warwickshire]’

· Olivia Bruschettini (Ufficio Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici, Diocese of Grosseto, Italy) and Dr Sandra Cardarelli (Aberdeen)

‘New research in the Diocese of Grosseto: Towards a systematic approach in parish research’

‘Digitization of artworks in churches of the Diocese of Grosseto and related research with historical sources’

· Gabriel Byng (Clare College, Cambridge)

‘How affordable were medieval parish churches?’

· Bridget and John Cherry

‘A condition survey of tombs in a north London churchyard [Hornsey, Haringay]’

· Donal Cooper (University of Warwick, Art History)

‘Italian parish and mendicant church interiors’

· Prof. em. Claire Cross and Dr Judith A. Frost (The University of York, History)

‘A Prior and his Parish: Alvered Comyn and Wragby Church in the Reign of Henry VIII’

· Divine Inspiration / Helen McGowan

‘Understanding and sharing the story of your parish church’

· Dr Gillian Draper (British Association for Local History)

‘Harry the glasyer: making and replacing stained glass in churches on the Kent and Sussex borders, c. 1470 to 1570’

· Dr Heather Falvey (University of Cambridge, History)

‘Parish records as sources for teaching late medieval and early modern religious and social history’

· Dr Pamela Fisher (University of Leicestershire, School of Historical Studies)

‘Leicestershire VCH – A New Chapter’

· Dr Miriam Gill (Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester )

‘Working on the Wallpaintings Interpretation Project of the Churches Conservation Trust’

· Agata Gomolka (University of Warwick, History of Art)

‘The practicality of disease and deformity: the grotesque head as a protector of the parish’

· Revd Martin Gorick,

‘Stratford Sermon Series Project’

· Hamilton Kerr Institute / Lucy Wrapson and Dr Spike Bucklow

‘The conservation of wooden polychromy in churches’

· Maureen Harris (University of Leicester, English Local History)

‘“A schismatical people”? The politics of religion in a post-Restoration “papist” Warwickshire parish’

· Prof. Sandy Heslop, Dr Claire Daunton, Helen Lunnon, Nick Trend (University of East Anglia)

‘The Fabric of Society: Fincham St Andrew as a model of making in medieval East Anglia’

· Dr Valerie Hitchman (University of Kent, History)

‘Destruction, desecration and neglect? The parish church in and around London c1640-1660’

· Dr Valerie Hitchman and Dr Andrew Foster (University of Kent, History)

‘Churchwardens’ Accounts: An under used source? Why?

· Dr John Hunt (University of Birmingham, History)

‘Lordship, community and the parish church: A window on medieval “mentalité”’

· Revd Peter Kettle

‘What’s in that top cupboard? Archival material from Holy Trinity with All Saints South Kensington’

· Jonathan Kewley (Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society)

‘IMAGINE NO OVERSEERS... : Some Georgian Parishes not subject to the Poor Law’

· Paula McBride (University of Warwick, History),

‘Magic and healing in the early modern English parish’

· Mairi Macdonald (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

‘Church and Guild, a conflict for supremacy in 15th century Stratford-upon-Avon’

· Bart Minnen (Radboud University Nijmegen)

‘The Church of St Martin in Wezemaal, an European centre of the devotion to St Job in the 15th and 16th centuries’

· Angela Nicholls (University of Warwick, History)

‘Warwickshire parish housing: Mapping provisions for the poor in the 17th century’

· David Paterson

‘Parishioners and pupils: An endowed grammar school and its local parish: c. 1540-c.1800’

· Dr Sylvia Pinches (University of Leicester, English Local History)

‘A parish through the prism of an Easter book and tithe records: Ledbury, Herefordshire, 1597-1607’

· Dr Nigel Ramsay (UCL, English Monastic Archives)

‘Monasteries and parish churches’

· John Reeks (University of Bristol, History)

‘Pew Politics: The consequences of reorganising communion tables in Bath and Wells, 1632-1640’

· Karsten Merrald Sørensen (Aarhus University/University of Flensburg)

‘Account books: A source for the church and community history in the duchy of Schleswig 1550-1800’

· South Newington Parish Team: Anthony Fletcher, Chair, Festival Committee; Michael Pritchard, Chair, Church Fabric PCC Sub-Committee; John Gardner, Member , Church Fabric PCC Sub-Committee; Penny Carey, Member, Church Fabric PCC Sub-Committee; Laurence Carey, Design consultant to Festival Committee, creator of wall paintings exhibition in the church

‘South Newington Wall Paintings and Church Restoration’

· Andrew Thomson (King’s College London, History)

‘17th-century Winchester clergy’

· Sarah E. Thomas (University of Aberdeen, Centre for Scandinavian Studies)

‘Diversity of religious practices in late medieval Norwegian and Scottish parishes’

· Dr Elizabeth Tingle (Plymouth University, History)

‘The parish and the dead in early modern Europe: The example of Brittany 1480-1720’

· Warmington Heritage Group,

‘Grove Farm Project – The house and its land’

· Cindy Wood

'‘The chantries of Ludlow church’

· Kristi Woodward Bain (Northwestern University, Religious Studies)

‘Materializing conflict: How parish communities remember their turbulent medieval pasts’

· Don White (University of Warwick, History)

‘Invisible saints: The search for medieval wood sculpture in British parish life’

· Prof. John Wolffe (The Open University)

‘Building on History’


Sponsored sessions / Panel discussions

· Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York:

‘The Fruits of our Labours: new approaches and recent discoveries on parish churches’

Participants: Dr Dee Dyas and Louise Hampson (Christianity and Culture, University of York); Dr Kate Giles (The University of York, Archaeology), Anthony Masinton (The University of York, Archaeology)

· Warwick Network for Parish Research:

‘Parish Studies Tomorrow’

Participants: Dr Joanne Anderson (University of Warwick, History of Art), Kristi Woodward Bain (Northwestern University , Religious Studies), Agata Gomolka (University of Warwick, History of Art), Matthew D. Jackson (University of Warwick, History), Susan Orlik (University of Birmingham, History), Dr Jonathan Willis (University of Birmingham, History), Don White (University of Warwick, History)


Workshops (1.5 hours + general discussion)

· Dr Joanne Anderson (University of Warwick, History of Art) and Dr Hannes Obermair (Bolzano Regional Archives)

‘In the books and on the walls: Parish life in late medieval Bolzano’

· Catherine Richardson (University of Kent, School of English) and Dr Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham, History)

‘From household to parish: the materiality of daily life’

· Dr Jonathan Willis (University of Birmingham, History)

‘The Reformation of the Parishes – the Acoustic Dimension’


Stalls / Table Displays

· Avon Dassett Local History Group

· Berkswell Parish

· Bolzano Regional Archives

· British Association for Local History

· Cardall Collection

· Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York

· Churches Conservation Trust

· ‘Churchwardens’ Accounts Database Project’

· Divine Inspiration

· Ecclesiological Society

· Grossete Diocese

· Hertfordshire Record Society

· Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust

· Regional Furniture Society

· South Newington Parish

· Victoria County History Herefordshire (Sylvia Pinches)

· Warmington Heritage Group, ‘Grove Farm Project – The House and its Land’

· Warwickshire Local History Society





Beat Kümin