Forthcoming Meetings

Spring Meeting 2022
Law and (original) order: Legal papers in archive collections

Virtual seminar hosted by the University of Sussex
1st February 2022, 14.00-16.30
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AMARC’s second virtual meeting spans the medieval to the modern, with speakers discussing the importance of legal records and demonstrating how they can illuminate social history.

The meeting will start with an examination of medieval and early modern title deeds at The National Archives. It will then cover the rich literary vein running through the archives of Middle Temple, and the issue of legal records at risk. The meeting will conclude with an introduction to the archive of Jeremy Hutchinson QC, who worked on the defence team in the Lady Chatterley trial in 1960.

Summary Programme
14.00 Welcome, Bernard Meehan, AMARC Chair
14.10 Our deeds still travel with us from afar: Medieval and early modern title deeds at The National Archives, Daniel F. Gosling, The National Archives
14.40 The wig, the pen and the bastinado: literary culture in legal papers, Barnaby Bryan, Middle Temple
15.10 Break
15.25 Legal records at risk and the value of local community records, Clare Cowling, University of London
15.55 Silk, sex and scandal: the archive of Jeremy Hutchinson QC, Richard Wragg, University of Sussex
16.25 Concluding remarks, Bernard Meehan, AMARC Chair
16.30 Close

Spring Meeting 2020


Westminster Abbey: manuscripts, archives, history – including curator-led tours of the Sanctuary, Library and Cosmati pavement

Westminster Abbey, 24 March 2020, 9.30-16.30

AMARC’s spring 2020 meeting will explore the rich documentary, literary and artistic history of the Abbey, with talks by leading scholars in the field and curator-led tours of some of the site’s most spectacular attractions.

Entrance to the newly refurbished Galleries is included in the registration fee, which also covers tea/coffee breaks and lunch. Attendees will be organised into groups for the morning and afternoon tours, as indicated on the programme. The programme has furthermore been arranged to enable participants to attend evensong after the close of the meeting, if they so wish. Click here to book.

Registration fees (including tea/coffee, lunch and admission to the Galleries)
– AMARC members: £35
– non-members: £40
– AMARC student members: £30
– student non-members: £35


9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome
10.05 The Early Charters of Westminster Abbey: Simon Keynes
10.35 Henry III and Westminster Abbey: David Carpenter
11.05 Tea / coffee
11.30 Henry III and the Cosmati Mosaics: Warwick Rodwell
12.00 Tour of the Library and Muniment Room (Group 1), Tour of the Sanctuary (Group 2)
12.45 Lunch
13.30 More than meets the eye: pigment analysis medieval wax seals
Stuart Black and Elizabeth New
14.00 Books kept at the shrine of Edward the Confessor in the later middle ages:
Matthew Payne
14.30 Tea / coffee
14.50 Visit to the Galleries
15.45 Tour of the Library and Muniment Room (Group 2), Tour of the Sanctuary (Group 1)
16.30 Attendees wishing to stay for Evensong may take their places at this point