Revisiting New Towns of the Middle Ages

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 May, 2010

A Conference and Field-Seminar in the Ancient Town of Winchelsea
in Memory of Professor M.W. Beresford

This conference focuses on the continuing legacy of Professor Maurice Beresford's 'New Towns of the Middle Ages' and draws together both academic and general audiences of his book to reflect on the recent advances in research on the topic of medieval new towns and their planning.

Convened by:
Keith D Lilley (Queen's University Belfast) and
Richard Comotto (Winchelsea Archaeological Society)

Conference programme and booking form (357k)

Key speakers include:
Professor Chris Dyer (University of Leicester)
Professor Jean-Loup Abbé (University of Toulouse)
Canon Dr Terry Slater (University of Birmingham)
Dr Patrick Ottaway (Archaeological Consultant)

Speakers will explore the societies, landscapes and material cultures of medieval 'new towns', placing them in an international comparative context, as well as their own local settings. To this end, Winchelsea itself provides an important case-study, as Professor Beresford had recognized, so the conference programme includes lectures on the town's medieval archaeology, history and planning, as well as a field-visit around the impressive remains of 'New Winchelsea'.

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