Joint CMS/MBS Conference
Friday, 2nd September 2022
Status and Display
Although much has changed for the better with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, considerable uncertainty remains about the extent of the easing of lockdown over the summer, too much to enable sufficient planning to take place and to ensure viable levels of attendance. Reluctantly we have decided to postpone the conference for a second time, to September 2022.
The conference has been rescheduled to the weekend of 2nd-4th September 2022 at the same venue, the Duke’s Head hotel, King’s Lynn, with a very similar programme.
Full details will be announced next spring. In the meantime all queries about bookings should be addressed to the CMS President, Mark Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 2nd April 2022
Stamford was described by Celia Fiennes in 1697 ‘as fine a built town all of stone as maybe seen’. This enchanting Lincolnshire town remains unspoilt to the present day and is a frequently used film location. In 2013 it was rated a top place to live in a survey by The Sunday Times.
An opportunity will be afforded to visit Browne’s Hospital or Bedehouse founded by William Browne, a rich wool merchant of Stamford, in 1475. The chapel contains medieval misericord stalls and fine stained glass. It will also be possible to view the late 15th century benefaction brass. Booking is required.
Five of the town’s churches contain a total of twenty medieval brasses! The church dedicated to St. John the Baptist (vested with the Churches Conservation Trust in 2003) will be open especially for the purpose of viewing two 15th century brasses that are products of the Fens Series 2 workshop.
The meeting itself will be held in All Saints church containing the fine brass commemorating John Browne, merchant of the staple of Calais, who died in 1442, and his wife Margery, 1460. Two fine effigial brasses also depict his sons William (referred to above) and John.
There will be talks by Professor Alan Rogers and our members Jon Bayliss and John Lee.
Stamford station (served from London: King’s Cross) is a short walk of 0.4 miles (10 minutes) from the church.
For further details please see the downloadable flyer.
The contact for this event is Caroline Metcalfe at email@example.com or 07934 284004
Saturday, 19th February 2022
Virtual meeting via Zoom video conferencing platform
Paul Cockerham, the Society's senior Vice-President, will speak on The incised effigial slabs of the Chalons-en-Champagne workshops that were at the forefront of the funeral monument industry in the 13th and 14th centuries. Dr. Cockerham will reappraise these truly bespoke monuments and shed new light on the relationship between clients and craftsmen.
The afternoon will conclude with David Lepine, our Hon. Editor, who will speak on the iconic but curiously little studied brass of William Kestevene (d.1361) at North Mymms, Hertfordshire.
The meeting will commence at 2.00p.m.
Visitors are welcome and should book via Eventbrite. Members will be sent a link to the General Meeting.