Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA promoting the study of medieval wall paintings

Medieval Wall Painting Research: Harlaxton Symposium 2013

A number of conference papers at the 2013 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium demonstrated how academics are currently using medieval wall paintings in their research.

Dr David Griffiths (University of Birmingham) discussed the multimedia appeal of short rhyming texts on buildings, such as the inscription from John Lydgate’s ‘A Balade at the Reverence of Our Lady’ displayed in the Clopton chantry at Long Melford (Suffolk).  David’s paper also included an examination of the lost Hungerford Chapel inscriptions and murals at Salisbury Cathedral – to be discussed in his forthcoming book (2014).

By examining images such as warning to gossips and warning to swearers, Dr Sarah MacMillan (University of Birmingham) explored differing ways in which women and men were depicted in the medieval parish church.

Another significant paper was presented by Dr Elizabeth New (Aberystwyth University), who introduced the recently-launched AHRC-funded Exploring Medieval Seals project based in the Department of History & Welsh History.  Following the success of Seals in Medieval Wales 1200-1550Exploring Medieval Seals aims both to develop outreach work in the wider community and to exchange knowledge with the archive sector.  Led by Professor Phillipp Schofield, with Dr Elizabeth New and Dr John McEwan, Exploring Medieval Seals runs until January 2014.

Martyrdom of St. Catherine, Castor [118KB]

Life of St Catherine, Castor.

The Harlaxton Medieval Symposium included a visit to Castor church (Cambridgeshire), best known for the fourteenth-century wall painting depicting the life of St Catherine.

Tweets from the 2013 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium can found at: #harlaxton13

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