Joint CMS/MBS Conference
Friday, 2nd September 2022
The much-postponed Conference organised in collaboration with the Church Monuments Society will now be held at the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn from 2nd to 4th September 2022. The theme is Status and Display, with excursions to the minster church of St. Margaret and the chapel of St. Nicholas in the town (Friday afternoon) and to the village churches of Oxborough, Narborough, Rougham and South Acre (Saturday), where a team of experts will introduce a remarkable series of medieval and early modern funerary monuments and brasses in north-west Norfolk.
The keynote lecture will be given by Tobias Capwell (Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, London) on Flowering and Decline: English Effigies and Armour in the Late Fifteenth Century on Friday evening. The lecture programme will continue on Sunday morning with papers by Roger Bowdler on Rank Decay: 17th Century Vanitas Monuments to Persons of Status; Nicholas Flory on Illustrissima ac potentissima princeps: The Commemorative Brass Plaques of Isabella of Portugal and her Carthusian Donations; Challe Hudson, Clothing for Piety, Fashion, and Power: The Costume of Lady Margaret Beaufort; Philip Muijtjens on Contention and Resurrection: The Tombs of Jean and Blanche of France in Royaumont; Robin Netherton on The Sideless Surcote: Elusive, Illusive, Allusive; and Jean Wilson Not a leg to stand on: The Monument to Robert Pierrepont, †1669, at West Dean, Wiltshire.
The Conference fee includes accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, all tea and coffee breaks, Sunday lunch and attendance on the excursions and lectures. Accommodation at the hotel is en-suite in single, double and twin rooms. It is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Members are also welcome to arrange their own accommodation and to attend on a non-residential basis and will need to do so if the demand for rooms exceeds our allocation at the Duke’s Head. King’s Lynn has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets including a Premier Inn and a Travelodge.
The cost for the Conference is £320 (single room) or £270 per person (double/twin room) for MBS members (non-members: £345, single room; £295 per person, double/twin room), full board (excluding Saturday lunch). Alternatively, delegates may choose to attend on a non-residential basis: Friday afternoon and evening £45 members (£55 non-members); Saturday excursion £40 members (£50 non-members); Saturday reception and conference dinner £40 members (£50 non-members); Sunday morning (including lunch) £35 members (£45 non-members).
The deadline for booking is 30th June 2022. Cheques should be payable to the Church Monuments Society. For all enquiries please contact the CMS President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday, 15th October 2022
The autumn General Meeting will be held at at Trotton and will provide an opportunity to view two nationally important brasses.
The programme will commence at 2.00p.m. with Nigel Saul speaking on The Camoys family, the church and the brasses. Anne Curry, who is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton with a special interest in the Hundred Years War and especially the Battle of Agincourt will speak on Thomas Camoys and the Hundred Years War. Tea and an opportunity to view the brasses, monuments and spectacular wall paintings will follow. The afternoon will conclude with a talk by Florence Eccleston on Sin and Salvation: the wall paintings at Trotton.
The Church will be open prior to the meeting and all are welcome. The meeting is free with no booking required.
The church at Trotton is situated on the A272 between Midhurst and Petersfield. The building is set back from a bend in the road just beyond the traffic lights and bridge over the River Rother. The postcode for satellite navigation is GU31 5EN. Car parking is available at nearby Trotton Farm by kind permission of the owners. Petersfield station (served from London: Waterloo) is 7 miles from the church.