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Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

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Up-to-date weblinks can now be found at My-Parish


Parish church of Tring

The fifteenth-century parish church of SS Peter and Paul, Tring, Hertfordshire


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

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

We hope to attract a mixture of established scholars and postgraduate research students, with new participants always welcome. In order to enhance discussion, and preserve an informal seminar atmosphere, the number of places is limited to c. 40.



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


Extract from Churchwardens' Accounts of Bletchingly

Extract from the Churchwardens’ Accounts of St Mary’s, Bletchingly, Surrey, 1546-52, kept at the Folger Institute in Washington, USA [ (13.1.03)]


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The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of History, Warwick's Humanities Research Centre and the Royal Historical Society.

 Humanities Research Centre

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Organizers / contacts:

Steve Hindle
Beat Kümin (webmaster)
Peter Marshall
Penny Roberts

Department of History
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL





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Parish Network
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