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 Communion Table at Amsoldingen (1668) 

Communion Table (dated 1668) at the parish church of Amsoldingen near Thun in Switzerland. Photo: BK



'Another Country - How the English Parish Shaped a Nation': lecture by Andrew Rumsay (Senate House, University of London, 10 May, 5.30-7 pm)

'Parish and Performance': The 21st Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, co-organized with 'Records of Early English Drama', will take place on Saturday 13 May 2023 - the call for (mandatory online) registrations is open until 25 April.

'Parish Archives and Libraries in Premodern Times' - conference organized by Adinel Dinca at Medias / Romania (18-20 May 2023)

Decorating the Parish Church in Post-Reformation England': book launch event for this monograph by the late Dr Susan Orlik, featuring introductory talks by Tara Hamling and Jonathan Willis. Book via the link by 5 June (University of Birmingham on Monday 19 June 2023)

COMMEMORtis. What survives after death? Parish Communities and Death Commemoration Strategies in the Medieval City’: conference organized by Maria Amélia Campos with proposals for papers to be submitted by 31 January; for full details click on the hyperlink (University of Coimbra / Portugal, 10-12 July 2023).

Margins and Peripheries’: Ecclesiastical History Society Conference - papers will encourage fresh and creative discussion of Christianity’s past from the perspective of themes, persons and places that historically have been considered marginal or peripheral. Featuring keynotes by Peter Marshall (Warwick, incoming EHS President); Lesley Abrams (Cambridge); John-Paul Ghobrial (Oxford); Mary Heiman (Cardiff). Check link for programme and booking form, with deadline of 16 June (Scarman House, University of Warwick, 18-20 July 2023)

'Reformation Studies Colloquium': bi-annual conference featuring plenary speakers Dr Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham); Dr Graeme Murdock (Trinity College Dublin) and Professor Judith Pollmann (Leiden University). This event will be sponsored by the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; call for 20-minute papers, panels and roundtables now open - please send a300-word paper abstract and a 100-word biography to by 9 May 2023 (University of Liverpool, 6-8 September 2023)

75th anniversary of Addleshaw and Etchells' pioneering The Architectural Setting of Anglican Worship‘: conference organised by the Centre for Anglican History and Theology at the University of Kent, supported by the Ecclesiological Society. Architectural and religious historians and theologians will reflect on the enduring value of the book and the ways in which our understanding of buildings, architecture and worship in the Church of England has developed. (Saturday 25 November 2023)



'Warwickshire Loss Accounts’: launch event to mark the appearance of these records of the financial, physical and emotional suffering of hundreds of named civilians between 1641-46 as a database on the website of the Warwickshire County Record Office following 5 years of hard transcription work involving numerous volunteers (Online, Saturday 26 March, 2.30 pm; joining link)

'Feast Food Fair': a My-Parish event run in association with Berkswell Church and Warwick's Global Research Priority on Food as part of the Resonate Festival for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 - building on the medieval custom of 'church ales', St John the Baptist hosted a weekend of locally produced specialities and reflections on the relationship between food, feasting and community (Berkswell, 25-26 March 2022) - a documentation of the weekend can be found here.

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The Stories Monuments Tell’: Church Monuments Society Spring series of FREE online lectures - now open for registration (online, 26 March, 2, 9, 16 April).

'Reformation and Dissent' - 28 annual conference of the Society for Reformation Studies: proposed paper titles together with an abstract (100-150 words) should be submitted by 21 February 2022 to Professor Charlotte Methuen ( Registrations must be received by 21 February 2022 via Eventbrite (Westminster College, Cambridge, 5-7 April 2022)

'Celebrations, Communities and Performances: festival occasions in Coventry and the surrounding region from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries and their legacy': In-person conference co-organized by Margaret Shewring, Mark Webb and David Coates for which you can register hereLink opens in a new window (Drapers' HallLink opens in a new window, Coventry, 20-22 April 2022).

Mobile Matters of Religion: Devotional Objects in the Early Modern Era’: CFP for international workshop, requesting abstracts of around 300 words accompanied by a short biographical notice to: by 15.11.2021 (University of Regensburg, 21-23 April 2022)

'Writing the Parish' - Twentieth Anniversary Warwick Symposium on Parish Research (Saturday 7 May 2022 - for full details please click on link)

'Contesting the Church in England c.1640-c.1670': this conference offers a forum for discussing new research and sources on the conflicting views of what the national church should be before and after the restoration, and asks the question: ‘Whose church was it, anyway?’. For registration please click on the website link; for information contact (Centre for Anglican History & Theology, University of Kent, 21 May 2022)

Pfaff at Fifty: New Devotions and Religious Change in Later Medieval England’: A Society for the Study of Languages and Literature Two-Day Conference commemorating Richard W. Pfaff’s New Liturgical Feasts in Later Medieval England (1970); with a keynote by Dr Ryan Perry (Kent). In person registration closes 20 June, with online bookings (Day 1, Day 2) open longer (hybrid format, The University of Nottingham, Friday 1 - Saturday 2 July 2022)

'The Church and Hypocrisy': Registrations are now open for the Ecclesiastical History Society Summer meeting, which is open to scholars of all stages. (York, 19-21 July 2022)

'European Reformation Research Group': 2022 biannual / 30th anniversary meeting - call for papers on any aspect of the history of the reformations - both within Europe and exploring Europe's engagement with the wider world. Proposal abstracts (max. 300 words) and a short biography should be sent to by Friday 3 June 2022 (Newcastle University, 25-26 August 2022)

'ECCLSOC ANNUAL CONFERENCE': held jointly with the Church Monuments Society on the theme “Last Rites: Funerals and Funeral Monuments”. (St Alban’s Centre, London, Saturday 1 October 2022)

900 Years of St Bartholomew: the History, Art, and Architecture of London’s Oldest Parish Church’: launching a new chronicle surveying the art, architecture and historical significance of the City of London’s oldest parish church (London EC1, Thursday, 17 November at 7pm)




'British Parishes - History and Historiography': joint talk by Katherine French (J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History, University of Michigan) & Gary G. Gibbs (Professor of History, Roanoke College) with a response by Joe Chick (IAS Warwick Early Career Fellow). A Warwick History Research Seminar moderated by Beat Kümin (Warwick Network for Parish Research) on Wednesday 10 March 2021, 4.30-6 pm.

Suggested Advance Reading

Fine and Private Places: or, why study funerary monuments?’ A general introduction to the study of funerary monuments by Dr Jean Wilson. Part of the April-May 2021 mini-series of lectures providing an introduction to the Church Monuments Society (Saturday 10th April, 5-6pm BST)

'Parish, Power & Politics': Nineteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, with a Call for Papers (submit proposals by 15 March) and the possibility to register until 1 May (Webinar on Blackboard Collaborate, Friday-Saturday 7-8 May 2021)

'Annual Conference of the Catholic Record Society' - call for papers with a deadline of 7 May (19-21 July, online on Zoom)

'Frühneuzeitliche "Seelenbeschreibungen" im konfessions-, politik- und bildungsgeschichtlichen Kontext': a conference on early modern 'reports on souls', literacy and schooling in confessional, political and educational perspectives co-organized by Prof. Dr. Veronika Albrecht-Birkner (Seminar für Evangelische Theologie, Universität Siegen), Prof. em. Dr. Heinrich R. Schmidt (Historisches Institut, Universität Bern), Michael Egger (Historisches Institut, Universität Bern) (Zurich State Archives, 21-23 July 2021)

'Parish Cultures in the Holy Roman Empire' - My-Parish sponsored session featuring papers by Marjolein Schepers on charity, Michael Egger on literacy and Beat Kümin on memory at the Annual Conference of the German History Society (Roehampton University, Friday 3 September 2021, 9-10.30)

'Reformation Studies Colloquium' - with keynotes by Bridget Heal, Lisa McCain & Richard Rex. Call for abstracts for 20-minute papers of no more than 200 words plus a brief biography of no more than 100 words, to opens in a new window by Friday 18 June 2021. Proposals for themed three-paper panels, roundtables, or other formats are also welcome (held online, 8-10 September 2010)

'Leeds Minster: "Noblest among the noble" of the early-Victorian churches' - The Ecclesiological Society 2021 Conference with support from Leeds Civic Trust (Saturday 11 September 2021, 10.30am - 5.15 pm)

'Death in the Churchyard: Skeletons, skulls and bones on slate tombstones', online talk by Elizabeth Blood for the Church Monuments Society Seminar (Saturday 13th November, Zoom, 5pm) .Link opens in a new window

'Kirchenbücher als historische Quellen [Parish registers as historical sources]' - register via by 11 November (Münster/Germany, 18-19 November 2021)

'Churches of Venice. New Research Perspectives - 9. The Church of San Rocco: Confraternal Religious Space and Sanctuary'. Call for Papers for an international conference; send 250-word proposals to by 21 June 2020 (Venice, December 2021)

Urban Parish Communities in Medieval Europe, 1049-1545’: Call for Papers to be presented at a Research in Medieval Studies meeting examining the subject of communal organisation in the European urban parish from the Gregorian Reform to the Council of Trent. Please send a 500-words proposal and an up to two-page curriculum vitæ by 31 May 2021 to (Coimbra, Portugal, 2-3 December 2021)



'Disembodied Religion? Corporeality and Embodiment in Early Reformed Thought': 2-day online workshop co-organized by the Institut d’histoire de la Réformation & the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (5-6 November 2020; zoom link)

'Remembering the Parish': the Eighteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research features a keynote address on the parish landscape and 12 papers in sessions dedicated to 'buildings', 'communities', 'records', 'revolution' and 'environment' - registered participants received access details on 2/11 (WEBINAR hosted by the University of Warwick, Saturday 7 November 2020)

'The Reformed Theology and Spirituality of Music': The First International Conference on Reformation Musical History and Theology is supported by the Centre for Dutch Reformation Studies (CDRS) of the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. We cordially invite researchers to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on the Reformed traditions of music in public worship and private devotion. Proposals and brief CVs (max. 100 words) should be submitted to the committee at no later than 15 August 2019 (Enschede, 13-15 May 2020)

'Warwickshire's Changing Past': centenary conference of the Dugdale Society focusing on changes in the subject matter, approaches and interpretations of the history of the county (or parts of the county) since 1920. The organizers welcome proposals for 35-/20-minute papers, which should be submitted to by 16 September 2019. These should provide a title, a 100-word summary, and a brief (one page) CV of the speaker. Publication of proceedings is planned; for further information check the society's news page (Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare Centre, Saturday 16 May 2020). [cancelled due to pandemic]

'Cathedrals and Collegiate Churches in the Later Middle Ages and Early Modernity': call for papers on any aspect, from all Christian religious and geographical regions, from the later middle ages to the eighteenth century. Cathedrals and collegiate chapters were and are world-wide institutions and the colloquium wants to examine them in all their dimensions. Paper length will be 20 minutes and proposals from post-graduate students and early career scholars are particularly welcome - please send a 250 word proposal and short (1 page max) CV to (De Montfort University, Leicester, 3 June 2020)

‘Neighborhood, Community, and Place in Early Modern London’: online seminar co-hosted by Christopher Highley and Alan Farmer in partnership with The Ohio State University; apply online by 8 July through the Folger Instiute website (Zoom meetings, 2 – 3 October 2020)

'The Once and Future Parish Conference': An ecumenical meeting on the role of the parish in Christian ministry, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, organized by the Centre for Applied Theology (Friday-Saturday, 4-5 December 2020 on Zoom)

'Reformation Studies Colloquium': invites early career researchers and established scholars to submit proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of their research as it relates to history of the Reformation(s); send a short abstract of no more than 200 words, and a brief biography of no more than 100 words, to opens in a new window by Friday 27 March 2020 (University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, Wed-Fri 9-11 September 2020) [POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 2021]

'Lectures of the Centre for Parish Church Studies': various parish-related talks from October 2020 to March 2021



'The Desecularisation of the City': a half-day Conference hosted jointly by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London and the Centre for Church Growth Research at Durham on the occasion of a book publication (Waterloo Campus, London, 25 January 2019)

'The Impact of the Dissolution of 1539 on the Town of Reading': Spring lecture of the Friends of Reading Abbey delivered by Joe Chick, MA, University of Warwick research student and My-Parish webmaster (Friday 22 March 2019, St Laurence's Church, Reading)

'Northern Lights: Late Medieval Devotion to Saints from the North of EnglandLink opens in a new window', organised by Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead, and Hazel Blair as part of their ongoing Swiss National Science Foundation project; call for 20-minute papers (send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to and by 15 September 2018); click on the hyperlink for further information on registration details, costs and travel advice (University of Lausanne, Switzerland; 28-30 March 2019)

'The Reformation and Heresy': Society for Reformation Studies annual conference at Westminster College; send proposals with title & up to 150-words abstract to to Dr Stephen Hampton ( by 10 January 2019 (Westminster College, Cambridge; 9-11 April 2019)

'Fables and Preaching': international conference organized by the Department of Latin Philology in the Middle Ages and Modern Period at FAU. In the premodern period, fables were not only texts used for entertainment and in classrooms. Their edifying, moralizing character predisposed them for use as exempla in preaching. In the late Middle Ages specific collections were even created for this purpose. This Call for Papers is directed at young scholars up to the age of 35, who would like to present the results of their research on Latin and vernacular fables and their use up to c.1650. Submit a curriculum vitae and a short proposal by 1 March 2019. Selected speakers will receive a fixed sum of 160 euros for the costs of travel and accommodation (Erlangen/Germany, 15-16 May 2019)

'Dieu dans l’Histoire: Ecrire le passé dans la culture réformée, entre récits de faits et histoires sacrées': summer school for MA/PhD students in history / theology / literature / philosophy hosted by the Instiut d'Histoire de la Réformation at Geneva and directed by Daniela SOLFAROLI CAMILLOCCI, Paul Alexis MELLET and Ueli ZAHND. Register by 4 March 2019 at (IHR Université de Genève, 11-15 June 2019)

'Catholic Record Society Conference': main speakers, call for papers and further info can be found here (Bar Centre, York, 8-10 July 2019)

'European Reformation Research Group Conference 2019': this unthemed meeting welcomes all academics working on the reformations, but especially aims to support the work of those working on new projects and ideas, postgraduate research students and early career researchers. Conference costs will be kept very low and proposals for 20-minute papers (comprising title, short summary and biography of no more than 300 words) should be emailed to the organizers by 7 June (Newman University, Birmingham, 29-30 August 2019)

'From Rebellion to Reconciliation: Anglican-Catholic Relations from 1569 to the Present': with keynotes by Eamon Duffy and others; call for 20-minute papers: send 250-word abstract and 1-page CV to the Centre for Anglican Studies at by 30 April; register by 16 August (University of Durham, 17-19 September 2019)

'Migration and the European City. Social and Cultural Perspectives from Early Modernity to the Present': The LXI Study Week of the Italian-German Historical Institute will be dedicated to interactions between migration, mobility and urban societies between c. 1400 and the present. The committee has secured keynote addresses by Claus Leggewie (Giessen), Leo Lucassen (Leiden) and Susanne Rau (Erfurt) and hopes to attract an interdisciplinary group of researchers from different academic backgrounds and nationalities at various career stages. Paper proposals and applications for bursaries should reach Beat Kümin ( and Massimo Rospocher ( by 1 March 2019 (Trento/Italy, 18 –20 September 2019)

Ecclesiastical History Society Postgraduate Colloquium: call for papers - mail submissions by 25 October to (De Montford University, Leicester, 6 November 2019)



'Reformation and the ReformedLink opens in a new window', 25th annual conference of the SOCIETY FOR REFORMATION STUDIES, commemorating the anniversary of the Synod of Dordt; proposed paper titles and abstract (100-150 words) should be submitted by 15 January 2018 to Charlotte Methuen: (Westminster College, Cambridge, 10-12 April 2018)

'Modern Europe meets ReformLink opens in a new window', a free one-and-half day research workshop aiming to investigate the development of historical writing about the medieval church across the period from the Reformation to the twentieth century. Confirmed speakers include: Stefan Bauer, University of York; Joshua Bennett, University of Oxford; Julian Fuehrer, University of Zurich; Daniel-Odon Hurel, CNRS Paris; Stephen Taylor, Durham University; and Nicholas Vincent, UEA (Leeds, 12-13 April 2018)

'Reflections on the Reformation' - panel discusion and document analysis with Diarmaid MacCulloch, Alexandra Walsham and Jonathan Willis; tickets £12-15 (TNA Kew/London, 13 April 2018)

'Local History Day', featuring a lecture on 'The English Parish Church – past, present and future' by John Beckett, Professor of English Regional History, University of Nottingham (Friends’ Meeting House, Lower Friargate, York, 2 June 2018)

'Religion and the Life Cycle, 1500-1800Link opens in a new window': day conference with keynotes by Elaine Hobby (Loughborough) and Adam Sutcliffe (King’s College London); call for papers, especially from postgraduate students, with some bursaries available; send abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief bio to Emily Vine by 26 January 2018 (Queen Mary, University of London, 6 July 2018)

'European Reformation Research Group': the annual conference will take place just ahead of the bi-annual 'Reformation Studies Colloquium'. To propose a paper for the former, please submit a title and a short summary and biography (no more than 300 words) to by June 8 2018; for the latter (which features keynotes by Peter Lake, Bill Sheils and Alison Rowlands) mail a title and max. 300 words abstract to or no later than 25 April 2018 (University of Essex, 29-30 August and 30 August-1 September 2018)

'Arts & Crafts Churches', annual conference of the Ecclesiological Society, featuring discusions on the artistic ideas, the cultural conflicts, the craftsmanship, furnishings and fittings of Arts & Crafts churches in England, Wales and Scotland; book a place on the website (St Alban’s Centre, Baldwin’s Gardens, London; Saturday 6 October 2018)

'Building the Fortress: Catholics in Provincial Towns 1778-1840', a day-conference with a keynote by Michael Mullett on Welsh Catholics; book a place at by 3 September (Newman University, Birmingham, Saturday 13 October 2018)

What is an appropriate (re)use for a church?’, inaugural conference of the Centre for Parish Church Studies, with a keynote by keynote William Whyte (St John’s College, Oxford), author of Unlocking the Church: The lost secrets of Victorian sacred space (2017). Proposals for 20-minute papers (on any aspects of using working churches for ‘secular’ purposes or reusing redundant buildings), comprising a 200-word abstract and short biographical note, should be sent to the Director, Dr Nicholas Groves ( by 14 July 2018 (St Martin-at-Palace Church, Norwich, 20 October 2018)

'Early modern sermons: Performances and Afterlives': one-day workshop on early modern English preaching, seeking to recentre sermons in literary culture and everyday religious experienc. Plenary papers from Emma Rhatigan (OUP Donne Sermons Project) and Arnold Hunt (The Art of Hearing). Welcomes abstracts for traditional papers, but intends to foster dialogue between researchers through round table discussions, plenary papers and masterclasses on performance and publication. Submit 300-words proposals (either for participation as discussant or presenter) to by Monday 21st May (Sheffield, 2 November 2018)


'Art and the Reformation ColloquiumLink opens in a new window': a two-day international colloquium organized by the Getty Research Institute - in in cooperation with colleagues at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München - to discuss new discoveries and insights into art and the Reformation. The conference coincides with the exhibition Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in
the Age of Dürer and Cranach on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2-3 February 2017)

‘Bibelfrömmigkeit und Christusnähe – Katholische Laienreligiosität im 16./17. Jahrhundert [Biblical Piety and Proximity to Christ: Catholic Lay Religion in the 16-17th Centuries]’. Workshop on historical and theological approaches to gender studies. Call for proposals to or by 15 May 2016 (Saarbrücken/Germany, 3-4 February 2017).

'Luther Abroad – Luther Received': conference with keynotes by Kat Hill, Peter Marshall and others; further information contact Dr Charlotte Methuen: or Dr Allan Smith:, to register use EventbriteLink opens in a new window (University of Hull, 4-6 April 2017)

'The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity 1400-1600Link opens in a new window': (University of Huddersfield, Tuesday 11 April until Wednesday 12 April 2017)

‘Identity in the Middle Ages': 2017 Medieval Midlands Postgraduate Conference, welcoming submissions from any discipline related to the study of the Middle Ages, and from any time period c.500-c.1500; call for 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers (or other presentation formats) to Esther Lewis at by Friday 10th February 2016, labelling your email “Medieval Midlands Conference Submission” (De Montfort University, Leicester, 27-28 April 2017).

'The Digital Parish' - Fifteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research (University of Warwick, Central Campus, Humanities Building, Saturday 20 May 2017).

'The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland' (New College, University of Edinburgh, 12 May 2017)

'The Uses of History in Early Modern Religious ControversiesLink opens in a new window': international conference, register via email: (Huntingdon Room at The Kings Manor, University of York, 2 June 2017)

‘Towards an Art History of the Parish Church, 1200-1399', conference co-organized by James Alexander Cameron (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Meg Bernstein (University of California, Los Angeles) to revisit the question of the parish church and its relationship to medieval visual culture. Call for abstracts of up to 300 words & a current CV to by 15 December 2016 (London, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2-3 June 2017).

'Melancholy and Enthusiasm: Confessional Debates on Religious Zeal in Early Modern EuropeLink opens in a new window', a summer course at Geneva's Reformation history institute, co-directed by Maria-Cristina Pitassi and Daniela Solfaroli Camillocci, with registration required by 6 March (Geneva, 6-10 June 2017)

'Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church c.900 - 2017Link opens in a new window: The Making of a Fine City,' with papers on 17-18th June and site visits on 19th June (Norwich, 17-19 June 2017).

The “British” Churches 1603-1707Link opens in a new window’: timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the launching of the Five Articles of Perth by James VI & I in Scotland in 1617, this conference organised by Professor Kenneth Fincham seeks to bring together scholars with an interest in religion across the British Isles during the 17th century (University of Kent, 22-23 June 2017)

'Defining Heterodoxy in ProtestantismLink opens in a new window: between Churches and States (16th-18th centuries)', two-day conference on religious authority and church-state relations; paper proposals / further information contacts: and (Lyon/France, 30 June - 1 July 2017)

'The Late Medieval & Early Reformation ChurchLink opens in a new window': a symposium marking the retirement of Professor Robert Swanson, with contributions by Janet Burton, Chris Dyer, Rob Lutton, Peter Marshall, Miri Rubin, Bill Sheils, Robert Swanson and Elizabeth Tingle (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 30 June 2017)

'Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern PeriodsLink opens in a new window': conference marking the launch of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict, with a keynote by Martyn Bennett; call for 200 word abstracts of papers to be sent to by 7 April (Nottingham Trent University, 11-13 July)

‘Kulturelle Wirkungen der Reformation' [Cultural Impacts of the Reformation]‘. International and interdisciplinary conference on the transformations caused by the religious changes of the 16th century; call for papers – abstracts of max. 3000 characters (all inclusive) to be submitted to by 1 August 2016, (Leucorea, Wittenberg/Germany; 7-11 August 2017).

'European Reformation Research GroupLink opens in a new window': call for proposals for 20 minute papers on topics relating to the European Reformations and their impacts by 26 May to (University of Liverpool, 31 August - 1 September 2017).

'In glass thy storyLink opens in a new window: 70 years of innovation and iconography in the glass art of British and European churches and cathedrals - Art and Christianity Enquiry': This two-day symposium explores the shifts in methods, style, and iconography found in glass art for churches and cathedrals over the last 70 years (Cambridge, 8-9 September 2017)

'Soul Travel: Spiritual Travel and Sacred Voyages in Early Modern EuropeLink opens in a new window'; one-day colloquium exploring spiritual and interior journeys, understood broadly - for further information see the conference flyerLink opens in a new window or contact (Leicester De Montfort University, 14 September 2017)

'Martin Luther and the East MidlandsLink opens in a new window': A one-day public history & archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain; for details contact Professor Elizabeth Tingle (De Montfort University, Leicester, 30 September 2017)

'Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of ResearchLink opens in a new window / Die barocken Pfarrkirchen und ihre Dekoration: Ein neues Feld der Forschung':International Conference (Vienna, 23–25 October, 2017)

'Reformation on the RecordLink opens in a new window': conference on recent research on records from The National Archives; call for 20-minute papers by 30 April to (TNA Kew, 3-4 November 2017)

'Medieval Religion and ReformationLink opens in a new window': day conference organized by the London Medieval Society at 11 Bedford Square (London, 18 November 2017)


  • 'Lutheran Confessional Cultures in Early Modern Germany and Scandinavia': conference with keynotes by Scott Dixon, Thomas Kaufmann et al. Call for 300-word paper proposals to be submitted by 15 April 2015 to (Aarhus University, Denmark, 21-22 January 2016)
  • 'Der Luthereffekt im östlichen Europa. Geschichte, Kultur, Erinnerung': free conference on the long-term impact of Lutheranism in Eastern Europe; register by 4 March at (Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, 8-10 March 2016)
  • The RANWORTH SYMPOSIUM 2016 explored the sights, sounds and spiritual experiences of medieval churchgoers. St Helen church’s famous 15th-century rood screen and Antiphoner, or service book, were at the centre of the informal conference and singers from Oxford University recreated the vespers, or evening prayers, originally sung by medieval monks. Participants included Prof. John Harper (Bangor), Dr Spike Bucklow (Cambridge), Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury (Oxford) and Revd Canon Nick Garrard (Broadside group of parishes). For more information please contact Revd Nick Garrard, 01603 270769 or (Ranworth/Norfolk, Saturday 30 April 2016)
  • 'The Rood in Medieval Britain and Ireland c900-c1500': conference co-organized by Dr Philippa Turner and Dr Jane Hawkes, featuring a keynote by Professor Richard Marks, Cambridge/York); proposals should be emailed to no later than 30 March 2016 (King's Manor, University of York, 2-3 September 2016).
  • Gatherings organized by the ‘European Reformation Research Group’ (Programme; further information from and the ‘Reformation Studies Colloquium’ (contact Adam Morton at will take place back-to-back at Newcastle University, with a registration form for both available from the same website (Newcastle University, 13-14 and 14-16 September 2016)
  • 'The Protestant Reformation and its Radical Critique': A Symposium by the Volkswagen Foundation, the University of St. Andrews, and the German Historical Institute; there is no fee for attendance but registration is essential. Please register with Anita Bellamy via email ( indicating your name and institution by 31 August 2016 (German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London; 15-17 September 2016)
  • 'The Organisation and Measurement of Time in the European Countryside': International colloquium co-organized by the University of Lausanne, the Canton of Valais and the Swiss Rural History Society; call for proposals to be submitted by 30 April to (Lausanne/Sion in Switzerland, 20-21 October 2016)

  • 'On the Eve of the Reformation: The View from Then and NowLink opens in a new window': An interdisciplinary conference aiming to take the pulse of late 15/early 16thC European history and culture in two different ways: from our perspective as early twenty-first-century scholars and from the perspective of late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth-century writers and artists. Call for proposals (incl. the name of the speaker; the speaker’s academic affiliation or “independent scholar”; the title of the presentation; a 150 words abstract; full contact information for the speaker; the speaker’s one-page CV - in the case of complete session proposals, this information is to be repeated for each presenter) to be emailed to Prof. Elizabeth Cohen at and Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler at by 31 March 2016 (Victoria College, University of Toronto, 21-22 October 2016)
  • 'The Norwich Historic Churches Trust: Third Annual ConferenceLink opens in a new window': dealing with any aspects of church buildings including architecture, archæology, history, liturgy, art history, sociology; call for 30-40 minute paper proposals and a short biography to Dr Nicholas Groves ( by 31 May 2016 (Norwich, 22 October 2016)


• 'Reformation and Region: Protagonists and Commemoration Sites': free lecture series examining the regional Reformation ahead of the Luther celebrations in 2017 organized by the Institut für Geschichtliche Landeskunde (IGL) an der Universität Mainz (Mainz, Worms and Speyer, March-October 2015)
• Birmingham Cathedral Tercentenary Celebrations 2015: lectures, guided tours, concerts and other events to mark the foundation of St Philip's in 1715, then the town's second parish church 'on the hill' built in Baroque style (Birmingham, January-December)
• 'Cultures of Lutheranism:' 2-day interdisciplinary conference featuring papers by Gadi Algazi, Bridget Heal, Susan Karant-Nunn, Thomas Kaufmann, Beth Plummer, Ron Rittgers et al. co-organized by Lyndal Roper and Kat Hill; all welcome (6-7 February 2015, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford)
• The Long Reformation in Northern Europe: Symposium organized by the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, with the possibility of subsequent Marie Curie Fellowship applications. Call for 30-minute papers by early career postdocs and senior scholars from various disciplines: submit a 500-word abstract plus CV and 2-page research proposal by 15 December 2014 to (University of Turku, Finland, Saturday 21 February 2015)
• 'Pro cura animarum. Mittelalterliche Pfarrkirchen im Bistum Essen': day conference exploring the origins and development of parish churches in the Ruhr region of Germany (Essen, Medienforum des Bistums Essen; 4 March 2015)
• 'Christian Communities and Confessional States: Beyond "Confessionalization"'': one-day workshop to be held at the University of York on 18 March 2015 to investigate the impact and relevance of the ‘confessionalization thesis’; registration is free to participants, but places are limited so please email Susan Royal at in order to reserve a space by 27 February 2015, citing your institution and position there. Shortly after, participants will be emailed short readings from secondary sources that provide general introductions to confessionalization in order to create a common point of departure for discussion (University of York, 18 March 2015, 12:00 to 5:30pm)
• The Transept and its Upper Levels in the High Medieval Church: Towards a New Functional Approach (Architecture, Decor, Liturgy and Sound). Call for papers for an international and interdisciplinary conference; proposals for 20-minute papers of max. 300 words, either in French or English, plus a short cv to be submitted by 15 December 2014 (Lausanne, 20-21 April 2015)
• 'Fifth RefoRC Conference': featuring plenary papers on ‘Crossing Borders: Transregional Reformations’ and short paper presentations on any aspect of the sixteenth-century Reformations (Leuven, May 7-9, 2015)
• 'Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy': Thirteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, co-organized by the Parish Network and the Warwickshire Local History Society to mark the 50-year anniversaries of both the University of Warwick and WLHS (Humanities Building, University Central Campus near Coventry; Saturday 16 May 2015)
• 'Paying for Prayer: The Later Medieval Chapel': A free event featuring four papers organized by the Birkbeck Medieval Seminar; all are welcome, but spaces need to be booked in advance via the website (Birkbeck Main Building, Room B30, Malet Street; Saturday 23 May 2015, 10 am–5 pm)
• 'After Margaret Spufford: English Local History Now': ‘A historian of the unconsidered people of 16th and 17th century England’ so Andrew Brown described Margaret Spufford in his Guardian obituary. Margaret’s major publications – Contrasting Communities (1974), Small Books and Pleasant Histories (1981), The Great Reclothing (1984), The World of Rural Dissenters (1995) and Figures in the Landscape (2000) – addressed key issues in the history of English early modern rural communities, and took local history in new directions. This conference, in the academic home that recognised her with a Chair, aims both to celebrate and commemorate, and to assess and evaluate Margaret’s contribution to early modern history in both its content and its methods. Click on the title link for access to registration details (University of Roehampton, 19-20 June 2015)
• 'Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe: Integration or Separation': explores the degree to which Catholics in the British Isles were integrated with or separated from institutions, people and movements in Europe; also encourages proposals that address the relationships between Catholics in Europe and those in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland; call for 200-word abstracts by 16 January 2015 to (Ushaw College, Durham, 1-3 July 2015)
• 'Kirche vor Ort: Pfarreikulturen im vormodernen Europa [The Church in the Locality: Parish Cultures in Pre-Modern Europe]': international workshop co-sponsored by the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg / Graduiertenkolleg 'Baltic Borderlands' at Greifswald and the Warwick Network for Parish Research, featuring a keynote by Bridget Heal (Greifswald/Germany, 2-4 July 2015)
• 'After Iconophobia': 2-day workshop reassessing Patrick Collinson's seminal 1985 Stenton Lecture ‘From Iconoclasm to Iconophobia: the Cultural Impact of the Second English Reformation’; call for 200 word abstracts for short papers (c.15 mins), which incorporate some sort of reflection on Collinson’s arguments, and how they relate to/have influenced/are challenged by your own work, to by 1 May 2015 (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2-3 July 2015)
• ‘The Registers of the Archbishops of York, 1225-1646’:Summer Institute hosted by the Andrew W. Mellon-funded project on the York Archbishops’ registers, providing expert training in the records of the English Church in the medieval and early modern eras; twelve fully-funded places, including all transportation, accommodation and subsistence costs, are available for graduate students registered in the UK and the USA; for further details and application forms check the weblink; for any queries contact (University of York, 19 July-1 August 2015)
• 'European Reformation Research Group': since 1991, ERRG has been one of the UK’s principal forums for postgraduates and researchers working on all aspects of the religious history of early modern Europe, including the British Isles. The conference is unthemed, and individuals are invited to give papers on any subject connected to their current research, as it relates to the European reformations broadly conceived. The organizers invite brief (200-word) proposals for short (20-minute) papers to be submitted to by Friday 26 June 2015 . Papers from postgraduate students and early career scholars are particularly welcome, but established scholars are also warmly invited to offer a proposal. For further information and conference costs (which we aim to keep as low as possible) see the ERRG 2015 Registration Form (Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Flintshire; 9-11 September 2015)
• 'Church Monuments in Post-Reformation Staffordshire', 28th Earl Lecture delivered by Professor Richard Cust, Birmingham (Westminster Theatre, Keele University, 5 October at 8 pm)
• 'Norwich Historic Churches Trust': second annual conference; max. 300-word proposals for 30-minute papers in English, with a short biography, should be sent by 31 March 2015 to the conference organiser, Dr Nicholas Groves at who will also be pleased to answer enquiries about possible topics (Norwich, Saturday 24 October 2015)

• 'The Monasteries and the Reformation in Northern Europe': conference organized by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, with keynotes by Euan Cameron (Columbia) & Martin Berntson (Jönköping); call for paper titles and brief abstracts (max. 200 words) to Lars Bisgaard ( by 22 April, 2014 (University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 17-18 November 2014)
• As part of the "Gersau 1814-2014" bicentenary events, the district hosts a "future workshop" where inhabitants and guests are invited to discuss where they would like the community to be in 2020 and 2030 (Gersau, School Hall, Saturday 25 October 2014, 2-6 pm)
• Conference on the architecture, archaeology, history, liturgy, art history, sociology and post-redundancy use of the medieval churches of Norwich, organized by The Norwich Historic Churches Trust. Call for papers deadline is 31 January. Contact e-mail. (25 October 2014)
• 'Sacred spaces, material culture and social change in Western Europe (13-17th centuries): call for papers for a session at the EAUH Conference in Lisbon co-organized by Frederik Buylaert (VUB, Belgium), Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (Ghent University, Belgium), Koen Goudriaan (VUA, The Netherlands). Please submit an abstract of max. 300 words by 15 October 2013 on the website of the European Association for Urban History (Lisbon/Portugal, 3-6 September 2014)
• 'European Reformation Research Group' and 'Reformation Studies Colloquium': the 23rd meeting of ERRG will take place at Murray Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge, from 9-10 September 2014. As at St Andrews in 2010 and Durham University in 2012, in 2014 ERRG will meet in conjunction with the bi-annual 'Reformation Studies Colloquium', convening at the same venue from 10-12 September, with keynotes delivered by Alec Ryrie (Durham), Mary Laven (Cambridge) and Benjamin Kaplan (UCL). As is usually the case, the ERRG conference has no specific theme, and individuals are invited to give papers on any subject connected to their current research, as it relates to the European Reformations broadly conceived. Full details of the 2014 conferences, including calls for papers and how to register, will follow in due course (Cambridge, 9-12 September 2014)
• 'Kirche im ländlichen Raum [The Church in Rural Areas]', a day conference of the German Gesellschaft für Agrargeschichte e.V. co-organized by Prof. Dr. Martina Schattkowsky (Institut für Sächsische Geschichte und Volkskunde, Dresden) und Dr. Johann Kirchinger (Fakultät für katholische Theologie, Abt. Kirchengeschichte der Universität Regensburg); for registration contact Angelika Köffer at by 10 June 2014 (DLG-Haus, Eschborner Landstraße 122, 60489 Frankfurt am Main, 13 June 2014)


• ‘Reclothing the churches: sensory religious re-investment in the early modern English parish church’ (paper delivered by Jude Jones, Southampton, to the 'Locality and Region' Seminar in the Gordon Room G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, University of London, on Tuesday 19 November 2013)
• 'Gott handhaben - Le dieu maniable - Managing God': international research conference of the graduate college Religiöses Wissen of the University of Tübingen with the German Historical Institute Paris und the Université de Reims (Reims/France, 16-21 September 2013)
• 'Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800', an international, interdisciplinary conference at at the University of York (21-22 June 2013, see conference website for information & registration)
• 'Sin and Salvation in Reformation England', a conference to be held at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon; organised under the auspices of the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (26-28 June 2013; Programme & Info):
• The Eleventh Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, co-organized with the Spirit of Berkswell project, took the form of an on-site workshop at Berkswell near Coventry in Warwickshire. It included 10 papers by local history/parish network members, a visit to Berkswell Museum and an ambulatory interpretation of St John the Baptist church ; Berkswell, Saturday 25 May 2013)
• "Anthropological Reformations - Anthropology in the Era of Reformation": the Third RefoRCConference will be held at the Interdisciplinary Centre 'Middle Ages - Renaissance - Early Modern Period' of the Freie Universität Berlin, 16-18 May 2013)
• ‘Authority in the Reformation’ – 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Reformation Studies (Call for 25-min papers open, visit website; Westminster College, Cambridge, 3-5 April 2013)

• ‘Words and Matter: The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval Parish Life’ (Workshop on the various media through which tales about the Virgin Mary were communicated in medieval parish life; organized by the research project Imitatio Mariae at Umeå University and the Umeå Group for Premodern Studies; call for papers analyzing these media and the overlap between them; the role of Marian themes in parish life, the movement of Marian narratives between text and image in late medieval Europe, with methodological and theoretical approaches also welcome; send/email expressions of interest and preliminary titles to Jonas Carlquist, Department of Language studies, Umeå university, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden, by 15 February 2012; Umeå University, 8-10 November 2012)
• ‘The Use and Abuse of Churches and Chapels’ (call for papers for panels at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference 2012; 200-word proposals should be sent to Jennifer Mara DeSilva: by 15 March 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA, 25-28 October 2012)
• 'The Urban Parish' (Call for papers for a session co-organized by Anne-Laure Van Bruaene, Ghent University, Guido Marnef, University of Antwerp, and Elodie Lecuppre-Desjardin, Université Charles de Gaulle – Lille 3, at the 11th International Conference on Urban History. Proposals have to be submitted online to by 15 November 2011; further information on the session is available from Michal Bauwens, Ghent University:; the conference will take place at Prague, 29 August to 1 September 2012)

• DOUBLE BILL: 'European Reformation Research Group' (annual conference; for information consult the ERRG website; Durham, 3-4 September 2012) and the biannual meeting of the 'Reformation Studies Colloquium' (featuring plenary papers by Euan Cameron / Union Theological Seminary, New York; Peter Marshall / University of Warwick and Merry Wiesner-Hanks / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 200-word proposals for 20-minute papers by email to; ; St Chad's College, Durham, 4-6 September 2012)
• ‘Crosscurrents in Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800’ (a conference organised by the Universities of Utrecht and Leuven, in cooperation with the Utrecht Changing Literacies project; call for 20-minute papers by 1 July 2011 to Feike Dietz; Utrecht, 12-13 January 2012)

• ‘Looking at Churches: The Medieval Parish Church and Community’ (this workshop led by Dr John Hunt will focus on some of Warwickshire’s Parish Churches, and others from across the west midlands, to illustrate their development in the medieval period, and their relationship with the communities that built and used them. Documentary, archaeological, artistic and architectural evidence will be used, and reference made to some key buildings. Participants will be able to develop or enhance their skills in looking at and interpreting church buildings during this period and understanding their place in the communities that they served; registration form needs to reach Karen Kemp at Warwickshire County Council’s department of Adult and Community Learning by 16 January 2012; Hill Close Gardens, Warwick; Thursday 19 January 2012)

• ‘Religiöse Devianz im reformatorischen und konfessionellen Zeitalter [Religious Deviance in the Reformation and Confessional Age]’ (organized by the SFB 804 ‘Transzendenz und Gemeinsinn’: send a 300-word abstract in German or English to Eric Piltz by 10 June 2011; University of Dresden/Germany, 8-10 March 2012)
• ‘Alltag und Frömmigkeit am Vorabend der Reformation in Mitteldeutschland [Everyday Life and Piety on the Eve of the Reformation in Central Germany]‘ (Conference organized by the Institut für Sächsische Geschichte und Volkskunde in conjunction with the Historischen Kommission für Thüringen, the Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten in Sachsen-Anhalt and three regional museums with a view to a related exhibition; Vortragssaal der Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6, 04107 Leipzig; 19-21 April 2012)
• ‘Prayer and Performance Colloquium’ (an international interdisciplinary colloquium examining the nature of prayer as performance in late medieval and early modern culture; call for 150-word proposals for papers of 20 minutes in length and/or panels on specific aspects of early modern prayer requested via email to by 15 October 2011; Aarhus University, Department of Language, Literature and Culture; Section for Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology; 23-24 April 2012)
• ‘The Art and Science of Medieval Church Screens’ (Conference organized by Lucy Wrapson, Paul Binski and Spike Bucklow; day rate £60/30, registration on website; CRASSH Cambridge, Friday-Saturday 27-28 April 2012)
• ‘Preparing for Death and remembering the Dead at the time of the Reformation. Comparative perspectives’ (Second conference of the Reformation Research Consortium; call for short papers on any aspect of Reformation history; University of Oslo 10-12 May 2012)
• ‘Materialities and Material Cultures in Parish Communities’ (Session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York, and the Warwick Network for Parish Research; this panel will examine how scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds engage with the material aspects of late medieval European parish communities. Papers will locate materiality within the broader themes of sites, sacred spaces, artworks and architecture to present new and ongoing research in a way that highlights innovations in approach and possibilities for cross-disciplinary contributions. The session builds on the discussions held at the ‘Ninth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research’ on 21 May 2011 and opens these up to a wider international audience; Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, USA; 10-13 May 2012)
• 'The Experience of Neighbourliness in Europe, c. 1000-1600' (invites papers on the neighbourhood as a centre of consumption; spatial proximity; religious houses as neighbours; housing, domesticity and the built environment; affect and emotion; friendship and intimacy; custom and memory; neighbourliness and gender; the Reformations and neighbourliness; neighbours of difference; proposals of around 300 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to Dr Bronach Kane at by 16 October 2011; Bath Spa University, 17-18 May 2012)
• 'Parish Studies Today: Tenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research' (University of Warwick, Friday to Sunday 25-27 May 2012). A major weekend showcase highlighting the wide spectrum of parish-related research undertaken by local societies, conservation trusts, charities, academics and many other bodies ; co-organized with the 'British Association for Local History' and the 'Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture'. It featured lenary papers by Martin Crampin, Chris Dyer, John Harper and Penny Roberts; some 60 research presentations by academics, doctoral students, independent researchers and community organizations as well as workshops and stalls.


• 'Renaissance Conflict' (‘Marsilio Ficino as a Translator and Philologist: Conflicting Critical Views’ by Rocco Di Dio, Warwick, and ‘From Community Conflict to Collective Memory: Lived Religion and the Late Medieval Parish’ by Kristi Woodward Bain, Northwestern University: two postgraduate research presentations co-hosted by the Italian Research Seminar, Early Modern Research Seminar, STVDIO and the Warwick Symposium on Parish Research; University of Warwick, Humanities Building, H303; Tuesday 22 November, 5-6.30 pm)
• 'Imitatio Mariae' (Workshop on an interdisciplinary project at Umeå University studying medieval Marian motifs in Old Swedish texts and art, involving historians, literary scholars and art historians from Queen Mary, Umeå, the Warburg Institute and the Warwick Network for Parish Research; Queen Mary, University of London. 28 October 2011)

Participants of the Imitatio Mariae Workshop at Queen Mary October 2011.
Back row: Rosa Vidal, Miri Rubin, Chiara Franceschini, Beat Kümin, Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo, Kati Ihnat.
Front row: Jonas Carlquist, Ann-Catrine Eriksson, Matthew Champion.
Pic: QMUL Communications Office.
• ‘Singing the Reformation’: a free exhibition as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, presenting a unique opportunity to step into the world of Renaissance and Reformation Scotland, to see and hear how singing touched everyone and view all eight of Thomas Wode’s Partbooks brought together for the first time from across the world. Exhibition highlights include: rare books & manuscripts; musical instruments; needlework, maps and excerpts of music from the Partbooks. Location: Main Library Exhibition Room. University of Edinburgh, George Square; Opening times: 6 August - 28 October (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm in Aug; Mon-Fri 10am-5pm in Sept & Oct). There was also an associated concert.
• ‘Pierre Viret (1511-1571) et la diffusion de la Réforme: pensée, action, contextes religieux’ (international colloquium at the University of Lausanne/Switzerland co-organized by the Institut d'histoire de la Réformation, Geneva, and the Section d’Histoire at the University of Lausanne; for information and registration contact; 15-17 September 2011)
• 'The Prelate in Late Medieval and Reformation England' (two-day conference exploring the role of late medieval and early C16 English bishops and monastic superiors, in an interdisciplinary and comparative context; speakers include Michael Carter, Dr James Clark, Dr Gwilym Dodd, Dr Felicity Heal, Dr Martin Heale, Professor Anne Hudson, Dr Emilia Jamroziak, Dr Elizabeth New, Dr Natalia Nowakowska, Professor Brigitte Resl, Professor Wendy Scase, Dr Benjamin Thompson and Professor Chris Woolgar; for information contact Dr Martin Heale: The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, 8-9 September 2011).
• ‘European Reformation Research Group’ (annual meeting; call for 20-minute communications by postgraduate students and established scholars: submit abstract to Dr Liz Tingle by 30 June 2011. For further details and costs see website or contact Dr Luc Racaut; University of Newcastle, 31 August to 2 September 2011)
• 'Religion as an Agent of Change' (conference organized by the 'Network for the Historical Study of Religion' and focusing on the impact of the Crusades, Reformation and Pietism; conference fee DDK 880 and registration deadline 25 June; further information from the organizer: Prof. Per Ingesman; Aarhus University, Denmark, Thursday to Saturday 25-27 August 2011)
• ‘Die Stadtpfarrkirchen Sachsens im Mittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit [Urban parish churches in Saxony during the medieval and early modern periods]‘ (Conference co-organized by the Institut für Sächsische Geschichte und Volkskunde and the Katholische Akademie des Bistums Dresden-Meißen; registration deadline: 14 June; Haus der Kathedrale, Schloßstraße 24, 01067 Dresden; 30 June to 1 July 2011) [report]
• 'English Monastic Archives: A Celebratory Conference' (marks the completion of this large research project; features papers by Jessica Berenbeim, Janet Burton, David d’Avray, Martin Heale, John Jenkins, Maureen Jurkowski, Nigel Ramsay, Nicholas Vincent; places are limited - for registration email the attached form to Dr Nigel Ramsay by 1 June; University College London, Friday 24 June 2011)
• 'Conversion Narratives in the Early Modern World' (conference organized by the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1700’; keynote speakers: Irene Fosi, Chieti, and Nabil Matar, Minnesota; call for papers: abstracts of c. 300 words should be submitted to by 1 December 2010; submissions of panels and individual papers will be equally welcome; further information on the project at:; University of York, 9-11 June 2011)
• 'Stained Glass in Wales' (Website launch event; Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University; Friday 10 June 2011)
• 'The Myth of the Reformation' (Inaugural conference of the 'International Reformation Research Group (RefoRG)', an initiative within the 'Refo 500' project holding annual events in the run-up to the Reformation anniversary in 2017; deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2011; for information contact Esther Schweizer at the Institute for Swiss Reformation History at the University of Zurich; Zurich, 8-10 June 2011)
• 'Ludlow Conservation Weekend' (a series of talks, guided tours, stone carving festival, floral displays etc to raise funds for St Laurence church, the 'Cathedral of the Marshes'; organized by the Conservation Trust for St Laurence; attendance fee £10; booking form; Saturday and Sunday 21-22 May 2011)

The Ninth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

'The Fabric of Community –
Parish Material Cultures in Perspective'

co-organized by Joanne Anderson (History of Art) and Donald P. White (History) on behalf of the 'Warwick Network for Parish Resarch' featured papers by

Jennifer Alexander and Sofija Matich (Warwick)
Federico Botana (Courtauld)
Kate Giles (York)
Nicholas Orme (Exeter)

CAPITAL Centre, Millburn House, University of Warwick,
Saturday 21 May 2011, 11-6

• 'Umbrella - Information Exchange on Warwickshire Local History Societies' (A get-together of Warwickshire Local History Societies to raise awareness of their events, publications and other activities; organized by the Warwickshire Local History Society; contact: Neville Usher; Quaker Meeting House, Warwick; Saturday 7 May 2011).
• ‘Religion, Society and Culture in Early Modern Britain: The Sixteenth Century and Beyond: A Colloquium in honour of Felicity Heal’ (day conference featuring Ian Archer, Anna Bayman, Christopher Haigh, Ralph Houlbrooke, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Rosemary O’Day, Helen Parish, Christine Peters; Registration by 30 March to and; Jesus College, Oxford, Saturday 30 April 2011)


• ‘Von der Eigenkirche zur Pfarreiengemeinschaft: Entwicklungslinien der Pfarrseelsorge im Bistum Würzburg [From Proprietorial Churches to Team Ministries: Developments in the Parochial Cure of Souls in the Diocese of Würzburg]’ (Day conference with public lecture at the Diözesanarchiv in Würzburg; Friday/Saturday 26-27 November 2010) [Tagungsbericht von Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weiß, Würzburg]
• 'Scottish Society and the Parish' (conference co-organized by the Scottish Records Association and the Economic & Social History Society of Scotland to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland; call for papers: 300-word abstract relating to one of the general themes of medieval / social and economic / ecclesiastical by 30 June 2010 to Dr Iain Hutchison, indicating whether the proposal should also be considered for the journal Scottish Archives; The Tolbooth, Sterling; Wednesday 24 November 2010
• 'Sex, Violence and Religion in the Northern Province 1300-1858' (day conference to celebrate the launch of the York Cause Papers Database, featuring papers on local/family history, ecclesiastical lawyers, storytelling in the courts, tithes, penance and marriage etc. by Joanne Bailey, David Gent, Loreen Giese, Jeremy Goldberg, Simon Harris, Richard Helmholz, Philippa Hoskin, Martin Ingram, Bronach Kane and Simon Sandall; registration fee £18; further information from; Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Saturday 13 November 2010)
• 'Early Modern Churchwardens' Accounts: Uses and Abuses' (day conference on problems of source analysis, open to academics, archivists and local historians; call for 20-minute papers issued with a deadline of 16 July 2010; costs: £12 (incl. lunch); completed registration slips [click on conference title] should be sent to Tim Keward, School of History, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NX; for further information contact; University of Kent, Canterbury; Saturday 23 October 2010)
• DOUBLE BILL: 'European Reformation Research Group' (annual conference) and the biannual meeting of the 'Reformation Studies Colloquium' (featuring plenary papers by Brad Gregory, Ulinka Rublack and Ethan Shagan; call for papers with deadline 26 February to Dr John McCallum; further information available from the ERRG website and the Reformation Studies Institute; St Andrews University, 6-9 September 2010)
• 'The cultural agency of chaplains in early modern Britain' (1-day colloquium with papers by David Crankshaw, Kenneth Fincham, William Gibson, Tom Lockwood, Erica Longfellow, Mary Morrissey and Angus Vine; for details/registration contact Hugh Adlington at Birmingham University; Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon; Saturday 26 June 2010)
• ‘Sermons and Manuscript Culture’ (day symposium organized by Erica Longfellow and supported by the Kingston University Research Networking Fund; registration is £20 (£10 for post-graduates and unwaged); for information contact or 020 8948 4112; Lincoln College, Oxford; Saturday 19 June 2010)
• 'Eighth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research' on the theme of '"Parishes" on the Margins' (featuring papers by Frans Ciappara, Henry Cohn and Raymond Gillespie, with a commentary by Alexandra Walsham; CAPITAL Centre, Warwick University; Saturday 22 May 2010)
• ‘From Space to Place: the Spatial Dimension in History of Western Europe’ (A two-day international and interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Centre for Research in History and Theory, Roehampton University; for information contact Dr Susan Deacy:; venue: German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ; Friday-Saturday 16-17 April 2010)
• ‘National Worship in international perspective: State Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings since the sixteenth century’ (an international and interdisciplinary conference co-organized by Natalie Mears, Alasdair Raffe, Stephen Taylor and Philip Williamson; call for 20-minute papers with 250-word abstract by 2 February 2010 to; Durham University, 12-14 April 2010)
• 'Society for Reformation Studies: 17th Annual Conference on "Catholicity in the Reformation"' (responses to the call for 20-minute papers and requests for further information should be addressed to the Secretary: or the Treasurer:; Westminster College, Cambridge, 7-9 April 2010)
• 'Church Courts Day' (day conference at the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, York, with papers by Philippa Hoskin, Martin Ingram, Simon Sandall, Jim Sharpe, Anna Tarver, Emma Watson; enquiries to Jim Sharpe ( or Sally Kingsley (; 19 February 2010)

• BOOK LAUNCH of Catholic Warwick: The Last 500 Years by Ruth Barbour (St Mary Immaculate Parish Hall, West Street, Warwick; Friday 20 November 2009, 7-9 pm)
• ‘Imaging Dogma, Picturing Belief: Late-Medieval Mural Painting in Parish Churches across Europe’ (conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2; entry £25/£15 conc.; organized by Dr Federico Botana; Friday-Saturday 6-7 November 2009) [ABSTRACTS]
• ‘Netzwerk Reformationsgeschichte [Network Reformation History]’ (meeting of an informal association of emerging Reformation historians; proposals for 20- or 40/50-minute papers should be submitted to by 30 June 2009; Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Abt. Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Mainz/Germany; 19 September 2009)
• 'La paroisse urbaine, du Moyen Âge à l’époque contemporaine [The urban parish from the Middle Ages to the present day]' (international Colloquium co-organized by the l’Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3 and the Société d'histoire religieuse de la France; organizational contact: Josephe Broutin; Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion, Université de Lille 3, Salle de séminaire de l'IRHiS - A3 101, Tuesday to Thursday 8-10 September 2009)
• 'European Reformation Research Group' (annual conference of this well-established gathering of Reformation scholars with a particular focus on postgraduate work; for information and registration contact Elizabeth Tingle; University of Plymouth, Wednesday to Friday 2-4 September 2009)
• 'Local History in Britain after Hoskins' (a conference held in partnership between the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester; and the British Association for Local History; University of Leicester, 9-12 July 2009)
• Der Kirchenbau zwischen Sakralisierung und Säkularisierung - im 17./18. Jahrhundert und heute [Church Building Between Sacralization and Secularization – 17th/18th Centuries] (Conference organized by Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Seng, Universität Paderborn; University of Paderborn, 3-4 July 2009)
• 'Charity and Community' (a conference on historical and current perspectives for historians, professionals and policy-makers; proposals to John Price by 1 April:; Roehampton University, London; 13-14 June 2009)
• 'Calvin and his Influence 1509-2009' (a major international conference in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jean Calvin co-organized by the Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation and the Faculté autonome de théologie protestante at the University of Geneva, featuring keynote addresses by leading scholars; proposals for papers on any aspect of Calvin's life and influence are welcome; Geneva 24-27 May 2009)
• 'Seventh Warwick Symposium on Parish Research' (on the topic of "Microhistory - Local History - Parish History"; two-day event including a methodical workshop - featuring papers by James Amelang, James Collins, John Craig, David Cressy, Craig Harline, William Naphy, Guido Ruggiero, Martial Staub, John Walter and a comment by Lyndal Roper - and three case studies - featuring papers by Clive Burgess, Graeme Murdock, Angelo Torre and a comment by Giorgio Chittolini; University of Warwick, Friday/Saturday 8-9 May 2009)
• ‘“Sing unto the Lord a New Song”: worship, prayer and devotion in Reformation and Renaissance Europe’ (annual conference of the Society for Reformation Studies: Westminster College, Cambridge, 1-3 April 2009) [CALL FOR PAPERS / registration deadline: 31 January 2009)
• 'The Early Modern Parish Church' (conference of the AHRC project 'The Early Modern Parish Church and the Religious Landscape', organized by Andrew Spicer; Worcester College, Oxford, 6-8 April 2009) [CALL FOR PAPERS: Word / pdf versions; draft programme; project website with further information]
• 'Regional and Parochial Preaching' (one-day event in the 'Seminars in Early Modern Preaching' series. 300-word proposals for 30-minute papers until 30 September 2008 to Dr Mary Morrissey or Dr Hugh Adlington; University of Birmingham, Friday 3 April 2009)
• Die Pfarrei im späten Mittelalter [The Parish in the Late Middle Ages] (conference of the Konstanzer Arbeitskreis für mittelalterliche Geschichte co-organized by Enno Bünz and Gerhard Fouquet; Reichenau, 31 March – 3 April 2009) [conference report by Clemens Joos]
• ‘Interpreting Religious Change: Post-Reformation England’ (colloquium in honour of Christopher Haigh; attendance fee for postgraduates £10; registration by 20 February requested to; Jesus College, Oxford, Saturday 28 February 2009)

• 'La chiesa “dal basso”. Organizzazioni, interazioni e pratiche nel contesto parrocchiale alpino alla fine del Medioevo (secoli XIV-XVI) [The Church from below: Organisation, interactions and practices in Alpine parishes at the close of the Middle Ages (14-16th centuries)]’ (2-day workshop at the Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, Mendrisio/Switzerland, co-organized by Simona Boscani Leoni and Paolo Ostinelli; 21-22 November 2008)
• ‘Frauenstifte/ -klöster und ihre Pfarreien [Nunneries and their Parishes]’ (Conference organized by Hedwig Röckelein at the Katholische Akademie des Bistums Essen, Die Wolfsburg 7-9 November 2008) [Conference report]
• 'Welsh Churches' (annual conference of the Ecclesiological Society; Saturday 4 October 2008)
• 'Worship, Liturgy and Music Conference' (organized by the 'Early Modern Worship Network'; deadline for proposals 30 June 2008; St Chad's College, University of Durham, 8-9 September 2008)
• 'European Reformation Research Group' (annual meeting of the UK's principal forum for the discussion of Reformation-related research, featuring papers by established scholars and postgraduates. Proposals and registration forms are due by 31 July. For further information contact Dr Graeme Murdock at Birmingham University; Bristol University, 10-12 September 2008)
• 'The Archaology of Post-Medieval Religion' (Conference on the period 1580-1900 co-organized by The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Society for Church Archaeology; proposals for papers of c. 300 words should be sent to Dr Chris King at by the end of December 2007; venue: The Maid's Head Hotel, Tombland, Norwich, 12-14 September 2008)
• 'Brotherhood and Boundaries: Lay Religion and Europe's Expansion in the Renaissance and Early Modern Period' (international conference featuring papers on global, social, political religious and ecclesiastical boundaries, organized by Adriano Prosperi and Nicholas Terpstra. Deadline for submissions of proposals 15 December 2007; Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa/Italy, 26-27 September 2008)
• ‘Brasses Revisited’ (one day conference of The Monumental Brass Society on the iconography of brasses, including their design, function and role within the parish. Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London; Saturday 27 September 2008)
• 'Belief and Unbelief in the Early Modern Period' (two-week residential summer workshop of the Mellon-Newberry programme to examine the scope, boundaries and intellectual, social and cultural developments of the religious and spiritual beliefs of the Renaissance and Early Modern period -including questions of gender; encounters and clashes with the 'other'; the afterlife, ghosts and witchcraft. University of Warwick, 6-19 July 2008)
• 'Sixth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research' on the theme of 'Parish Pieties' (Saturday 17 May 2008)
- Gary Gibbs (Roanoke College): ‘Four Coats for Our Lady: Gender and Saintly Devotion in the Parish of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London, 1466-1542’ [Abstract]
- Christine Peters (Queen's College, Oxford), 'Christocentric Piety and the Parish' [Abstract]
- Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes): ‘Piety and the Parish in early modern Orléans’ [Abstract]

Comment: Bill Sheils (York)

Conference report by Brodie Waddell; a podcast featuring interviews with participants is available here.
• 'Fribourg's Late Gothic Sculpture in an International Context' (multi-discipinary conference evaluating the form, function, production and patrons of nearly 500 sculptures from the early 16th century, one of the largest bodies of such artwork surviving in Europe; Museum for Art and History, Fribourg/Switzerland, 15-17 May 2008)
• ‘Foundations of Private Chantry Chapels in Late-medieval Europe’ (Bonn / Germany, 14-17 May 2008; Interdisciplinary Conference organized by HD Dr. Katharina Corsepius at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Institut für Kunstgeschichte; Deadline for proposals: 30.11.2007)
• 'Religious Conformity and Non-Conformity c. 1380-1600’ (one-day conference in honour of Dr Margaret Aston, with the participation of John Bossy, Jeremy Catto, Elizabeth Eisenstein, Ian Forrest, Andrew Hope, Anne Hudson, Maureen Jurkowski, Alison McHardy, Ann Eljenholm Nichols, Colin Richmond, Norbert Tanner; University College, London, on Saturday 15 March 2008; contact Dr Maureen Jurkowski, History Dept., University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT)
• ‘Die Pfarre in der Stadt: Von der Vergesellschaftung des Bürgerverbandes zur Mahlgemeinschaft der Wenigen [The Urban Parish: From the Association of All Burghers to the Communion of the Few]’ (38th Spring Colloquium of the Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte - IStG - gGmbH in Münster, 3-4 March 2008)
• 'Sites of Change in Reformation England' (one-day multi-disciplinary conference exploring the ways in which people adapted to religious change in England in the years following the Reformation, with the participation of Roger Bowers, Patrick Collinson, Brian Cummings, Anne Dillon, Tara Hamling, Alexandra Walsham and members of Warwick history staff; co-organized by Laura Sangha and Jonathan Willis; Warwick University; Saturday 23 February 2008)

• 'Gender and Belief in the Early Modern Period' (one-day workshop of the Mellon-Newberry Programme with the participation of Silvia Evangelisti, George Hoffmann, Brenda Hosington, Lyndal Roper, Robert Swanson and Merry Wiesner-Hanks; registration deadline: 1 November 2007; University of Warwick, 9 November 2007)
• 'The Rural Church in its Place’ (annual conference of the Ecclesiological Society, dealing with the physical location of parish churches in relation to their settlements and the landscape; Central London, Saturday 6 October 2007)
• ‘Changing Patterns in Scottish Church Landscapes’: 2007 Conference of The Society for Church Archaeology, in conjunction with Scottish Church Heritage Research (Edinburgh, Friday-Sunday 28-30 September 2007) [Information Flyer]
• Fifth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, annual workshop of the Parish Network, on the theme 'Challenges to the Parish' (Warwick, Saturday 19 May 2007, featuring papers by Jeremy Gregory, Rob Lutton and Judith Pollmann and a comment by Miri Rubin). For information on the symposia please click here.
Rob Lutton (Nottingham), 'Parochial religion, heterodoxy and nonconformity in two Wealden parishes, c. 1450-1640' [Abstract]
Judith Pollmann (Leiden University), ''Parish churches and the Catholic imagination in the Dutch Republic' [Abstract]
Jeremy Gregory (University of Manchester), 'The porous parish, the Church of England and nonconformity: Leakage and seepage in late seventeenth and eighteenth-century England and New England' [Abstract]

Symposium Report by Laura Sangha and Jonathan Willis
• 'The Parish Church as a Repository of Memory 800-1800': 3rd workshop of the 'Making the Church Holy' Project co-organized by Louise Durning, Sarah Hamilton and Andrew Spicer, featuring papers by Dawn Hadley, Dominic Summers, Clive Burgess, Elizabeth Tingle and Andrew Spicer (Buckley Building, Oxford Brookes, Saturday 21 April 2007) [Registration Form]
• 'Faith in the North: Christianisation and Dechristianisation in the North of England, c. 650-1950' (Northern History Colloquium, Hinsley Hall Conference Centre, Headingley Lane, Leeds, 21 April 2007; featuring papers by I. N. Woods, Emilia Jamroziak, David Lamburn, Diana Newton, John R. Wolffe, S.J.D. Green; fee £25; contact and further information: Dr Malcolm Chase, Northern Colloquium Secretary, School of History, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT)
• ‘The Experience of Authority in Early Modern Britain’ (1-day workshop welcoming papers on parish politics and local administration; contact Matthew Clark:; 14 April 2007)
• ‘“Da heime in miner Pfarre”. Identitätsbildung und Kulturtransfer im europäischen Niederkirchenwesen der Vormoderne [Identity Formation and Cultural Transfers in Premodern European Parishes]’ (Workshop at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, co-organized by Michele Ferrari, Erlangen, and Beat Kümin, Warwick; Monday to Wednesday 5-7 March 2007)
Click on the respective links for English Abstracts and Sommaires/Sommarii/Zusammenfassungen of the following papers:

Part I: Regional contexts:
Enno Bünz, 'Pfarrgemeinden im spätmittelalterlichen Deutschland'
Giorgio Chittolini, 'Le communità parrochiali in Italia'
Robert Swanson, 'Parish Communities in late medieval England'
Catherine Vincent, 'Identité et transfer culturel dans les parroisses françaises du moyen âge (XIIIe-XVe siècle)'

Part II: Thematic approches
Martin Brandl, 'Der Bau von Pfarrkirchen in Nürnberg und Schweinfurt'
Joseph Goering, 'Handbooks for priests in the Middle Ages'
István Monok, 'Die Pfarreien und ihre Bücher in den Karpaten'
Arnd Reitemeier, 'Kirchenfabrik und politische Kultur in der spätmittelalterlichen Stadt'
John Shinners, 'Everyday life in medieval parishes'
Magnus Williamson, 'Music in the late medieval parish church – European trends and English case studies'

See also the (German) workshop report.

The workshop proceedings, edited by Michele Ferrari and Beat Kümin, are due to appear in a series of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.


• ‘Pfarreien in Mitteleuropa im Mittelalter. Deutschland, Polen, Tschechien und Ungarn im Vergleich [Parishes in Central Europe in the Middle Ages: Germany, Poland, Czech Regions and Hungary Compared]’ (Göttingen, Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, 30 November – 2 December 2006)
• ‘Frühe Kirchen in Brandenburg und Berlin – Archäologie und Bauforschung [Early Churches in Brandenburg and Berlin – Archaeology and Building Research]’ (Conference co- organized by Archäologische Gesellschaft in Berlin und Brandenburg; Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege; Archäologisches Landesmuseum; Landesdenkmalamt Berlin; Luckenwalde 14-16 November 2006)
• The Setting of Rural Parish Churches, annual conference of the Ecclesiological Society (London, 7 October 2006)
• Religionsgeschichte im Vergleich. Eine deutsch-französische Bilanz für die Frühe Neuzeit (16. bis 18. Jahrhundert), organized by the Mission Historique Française en Allemagne and the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte (Göttingen, 27-30.9.2006)
• European Reformation Research Group, annual conference (Barnes Close, Bromsgrove; 5-7 September 2006, co-organized by the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick). For further information on the group's activities contact the general secretary Andrew Spicer.
• Joan Henderson Lecture: ‘Queen Regnant: Mary Tudor and her Early Champions 1553-1554’ by Professor Susan Wabuda, Fordham University (Tuesday 30 May 2006, 6pm, at the CENTRE FOR RELIGIOUS HISTORY, St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill; all enquiries to Dr Maria Dowling, Tel. 020 8240 4082 ,
• 'Formierung des konfessionellen Raums: Eine vergleichende Sicht auf Siebenbürgen und Ostmitteleuropa [Formation of confessional space: A comparative examination of Siebenbürgen and East Central Europe]': Conference organized by the University of Leipzig and the Johannes a Lasco Library (Emden, 24-27 May 2006)
• Reformation Studies Colloquium (Somerville College, Oxford, 5-7 April 2006). This conference meets biennially and the papers address a number of aspects of the European and English Reformations. The keynote speakers and papers were: Lyndal Roper, 'Luther and Biography'; Ronnie Hsia, 'Dreams and Conversions in the Catholic Mission in China in the 16th-17th Centuries'; and Margo Todd, 'Enlisting the community: The laity in Scotland's urban reformations'. Co-organized by Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes) and Judith Pollman (Leiden University).
• Making the Church Holy: The Liturgy and Architecture of the Parish Church 800-1800, one-day workshop organized by Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes University, 8 April 2006)


• 'Aspects of Dublin Parish Life': A series of lunchtime lectures in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at 1.15 pm. 8 November 2005 'The Parishes of St Catherine & St James in the 17th Century' Professor Raymond Gillespie (NUI Maynooth); 15 Nov. 'St Paul's: the Management of an 18th Century Parish' Brendan Twomey (Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland); 22 Nov. 'The Alternative Parish: Dublin's Proprietary Chapels' Revd Dr John Crawford (St Patrick's Cathedral Group of Parishes); 29 Nov. 'Class and the Dynamics of Social Status in Dublin Parishes in the 20th Century' Dr Martin Maguire (Dundalk Institute of Technology). Further information from Dr Raymond Refaussé, Librarian & Archivist, The Representative Church Body Library, E-mail:; Website:
• 'The Cornish Parish 1300-1559': A study day organised by the Victoria County History of Cornwall and led by Prof Nicholas Orme and Dr Joanna Mattingly. Topics include: The Parish Church in the County and Diocese; Inside the Parish Church; Signs and Symbols in Church Art; Medieval Cornish Wills. Book by post from: Mrs Coral Pepper, Lansdowne, Pendower Road, Veryan, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5QL, by Mon 7 Nov. A donation of £10 per person is requested to further the work of the VCH Cornwall (Saturday 12 November 2005, at The Council Chamber, County Hall, Truro, 10-4)
• 'Sykes churches in Yorkshire': a major series of exhibitions in the four Sykes Churches of the Wolds Valley; Kirby Grindalythe; Luttons; Helperthorpe and Weaverthorpe. These will be staged by students from Sheffield University who have, for many weeks past, been quietly working away on a huge project connected with the churches; their immediate environs; the historical land use and the settlements. This work forms part of their studies towards their M.A. in Architecture (weekend of the 12th & 13th of November)
• 'Victorian Society Conference in York: Shaping the Future of Rural Churches' (10th November 2005: Papers at the Merchant Taylors' Hall, York, 10.30am-6pm, coffee, lunch and tea included day fee: £80;11th November 2005: Tour of four of the Tatton Sykes churches, Coach departs York Station 9.30am, returns 3.30pm; Day fee: £30)
• 'If Stones Could Talk: An analysis of the architecture of Ashby St Ledger Church’: Lecture by Bob Meeson, FSA and Historic Building Specialist, held as part of a fundraising campaign for tower repairs (Ashby Village Hall, Northamptonshire, Saturday 1 October 2005, at 3 pm)
• Private Chapels since the Reformation, annual conference of the Ecclesiological Society (London, RIBA, Saturday 8 October 2005)
• Parish and Anti-Parish: Pressures upon the Local Community during the British Revolution (University of Manchester, 22-23 July 2005)
• Making the Church Holy: Building and Refurbishment Rhythms of the Parish Church 800-1800, one-day workshop organized by Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes University, 9 July 2005)
• Vinum Bonum: Performance of Music heard in Fifteenth-Century Warwick, Director: Matthew Vine, Organ: Andrew Benson-Wilson; Pre-Concert Talk by Alexandra Buckle; display and performance on reconstructed 15thC Organs in the Interval (St Mary's Parish Church, Warwick, 7 July 2005, 7.30 pm)
• Kulturgeschichte der Pfarrkirche [Cultural History of the Parish Church], seminar series at the Martin-Luther-Universit ä t Halle-Wittenberg (26 April - 5 July 2005)
• Music in Mediaeval English Parish Churches, day conference of the 'Plainsong and Medieval Music Society' (Oxford, Saturday 30 April 2005): with papers by Paul Barnwell, Lisa Colton, Jane Flynn, Dominic Gwynn, John Harper, Beat Kümin, David Skinner, Magnus Williamson
[Music in Mediaeval English Parish Churches: ABSTRACTS]

• Konfessionalisierung im Kirchenraum [Confessionalization in Church Space], conference organized by Dr. Thomas Lentes, Dr. Susanne Wegmann and Dr. Gabriele Wimböck (University of Münster, Germany, on 11-12 March 2005)
• Der Kirchhof im Dorf. Ort und Raum symbolischer Kommunikation (15.-18. Jahrhundert) [The Cemetary in the Village: Site and Space of Symbolic Communication, 15-18th Centuries], workshop organized by Werner Freitag (University of Münster, Germany, on 4 March 2005)


• The late medieval parish church: a place for the Mass (2004 conference of the 'Ecclesiological Society')
• Partikularsynoden im Spätmittelalter - Deutschland, Polen und Tschechien im Vergleich [Particular Synods in the Late Middle Ages - Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic Compared] (Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen: 14-16 October 2004)






























































































The fifteenth-century
parish church of Tring,