Thursday, 20 April 2017

Upcoming Event: Professor Andrew Breeze Lecture

The Northern Arthur and the Volcanic Winter of 536-37
Professor Andrew Breeze (University of Navarra)

Joint meeting of Manchester Medieval Society and the Manchester Centre for Anglo Saxon Studies (MANCASS). Non-members welcome.

Date: Thursday 27 April 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
Attendance: Free

There will be a dinner with the speaker following this talk. If you would like to attend, please email our treasurer Dr Hannah Priest to book a place.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

New Seminar Series: Connecting 'Medieval' Worlds

A new medieval history and archaeology series, organized by University of Manchester students.

2017 Programme

16th March, 5-7pm: 'Rethinking the Urban Revolution in World History', Conrad Leyser (University of Oxford)
Room 4.211, University Place

30th March, 5-7pm: 'Options and Experiments: Defining the "Global Middle Ages"', Naomi Standen (University of Birmingham)
Room 4.211, University Place

4th May, 5-7pm: 'Medieval Mobility Beyond the Nomadic/Sedenary State', Monica White (University of Nottingham)
Room 4.211, University Place

18th May, 5-7pm: 'Wheat, Arms, and Secrets - Carlo II Toco and the Republic of Ragusa', Robin Shields (Royal Holloway); 'Declassifying Trade Systems in an International Era', Adam Simmons (University of Lancaster)
Room G006, Renold Building

1st June, 5-7pm: 'Ritual and Economy: Thinking Through a 12th C. Shrine from Northern Ghana', Holly Atkinson (University of Manchester); TBC, Anna Kelley (University of Birmingham)
Room G006, Renold Building

15th June, 5-7pm: TBC
Conference Room, The Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson Building

Refreshments provided. All welcome. For more information, please email the seminar convenors.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Upcoming Event: Hic Dragones Book Launch

Event information from Hic Dragones...

Into the Woods Launch Party

Come and join us at the launch party for Into the Woods, a new collection of short stories from Hic Dragones.

Friday 17th March 2017, 7-9pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
Manchester M1
United Kingdom


Into the Woods - eighteen sinister sylvan tales

A magical place steeped in mysticism. A foreboding place of unspeakable terror. The forest is a place of secrets, a place of knowledge, a place of death, and a place of life. What resides within its shadows? Demons, fair folk, that man the adults warned you about… and the trees. The trees are everywhere. Is it safer to stay at home? Or are you ready to take a journey… into the woods.

“They were only trees, after all. Only trees.”

Join us at the launch party on Friday 17th March. Readings by: Ramsey Campbell, Tracy Fahey, Jane Bradley, Magda Knight, Martin Cornwell, Hannah Kate, Megan Taylor and Nancy Schumann

Free wine reception, giveaways and launch discount on the book.

Upcoming Event: JRRI Medieval and Early Modern Research Seminar Series

Event information from the John Rylands Research Institute...

 Quantifying Caxton – Taking a Digital Approach to Historical Spelling Variation

Rosie Shute (University of Sheffield)
Thursday 9 March, 5.30pm
Christie Room, John Rylands Library Deansgate

‘Logic, Rhetoric, Arithmetic’ in Myrrour of the Worlde (Westminster: William Caxton, 1480)
Rylands 3469, c4v-c5r ©The University of Manchester

William Caxton (c. 1422-91) began printing in England in 1476, publishing over one hundred texts throughout his lifetime. We tend to think that Caxton's texts represent Caxton's language; however this talk demonstrates the influence of the type-setter on the language of Caxton's printed work, focusing on spelling in particular and drawing on methods from mathematics, computer science, and the history of the book.

Free event. All welcome.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Upcoming Event: Manchester Cathedral Tour and Talk (Booking Required)

Manchester Cathedral and the Making of a Medieval Town – an Archaeological-Architectural Tour

Dr Andy Hardman (Heritage Officer, Manchester Cathedral)

By Rept0n1x (Liverpool & Manchester (295)) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 15th February 2017, 6pm
Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ

Places are limited, so booking is required for this event. Members (free attendance): please email Hannah Priest to RSVP. Non-members (attendance £5 (waged)/£2 (unwaged): please register online here:


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Upcoming Event: Anne Kirkham Lecture on 8 December

Detail from the title page in a printed Dutch Book of Hours (Antwerp: Adrien van Liesvelt, 1494)
John Rylands Library Special Collections 15464 © The University of Manchester

Hark the Herald… Angels in the John Rylands Library’s Books of Hours

A lecture for Manchester Medieval Society by Dr Anne Kirkham (Art History and Visual Studies, The University of Manchester)

Date: 8 December 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
Attendance: Members - free; Non-members - £5 (waged)/£2 (unwaged)

There will be a dinner with the speaker following this talk. If you would like to attend, please email our treasurer Dr Hannah Priest to book a place.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Manchester Dress and Textile Discussion Group Programme 2016-17

All meetings are 5-6pm, and are held in Seminar Room 1, The Graduate Suite, Ellen Wilkinson Building, unless otherwise stated.

Friday 18th Nov 2016: Charles Farris (Westminster): The Administration of Cloth and Clothing in the Great Wardrobe of Edward I

Thursday 23rd Feb 2017: Julie Wertz (Glasgow): The art and science of Turkey red dyeing in 19th-century Scotland

Thursday 30th Mar 2017: Maureen Carroll (Sheffield): Cultural and Ethnic Identities in Dress Behaviour in Roman Germany

Thursday 20th Apr 2017: Elizabeth Coatsworth (MMU): Clothing the Past: Circumstances in which Medieval Garments Survive
For more information, please contact Alexandra Lester-Makin or Ursula Rothe