Forthcoming Events

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2022

    The Abbey of St Edmund Tour

    10:30 amSt Edmundsbury Cathedral, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS

    The year 2020 marked the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of the Abbey of St Edmund in Bury St Edmunds. This tour for the Breckland Society explores the ways in which artists, antiquarians and archaeologists have approached the abbey site since the Dissolution, and reveals what their work tells us about one of the country’s most important monastic sites. Further details and booking information can be found here.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2022

    The Abbey and the Antiquaries: Discovering the Abbey of St Edmund

    7:00 pmMoyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX

    From depictions of the ruins of the abbey to the excavation of the grave of Abbot Samson, this lecture examines the ways in which antiquaries and archaeologists have approached the study of the abbey since the Dissolution, and reveals what recent archaeological fieldwork has told us about the development of the monastic site. This event is promoted by West Suffolk Heritage and tickets can be booked here.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2022

    ‘A very remote period indeed’: Discovering East Anglia’s Earliest Humans

    7:30 pmSt Margaret South Elmham Village Hall, St Margaret South Elmham, IP20 0PJ

    Beginning with John Frere’s famous letter of 1797 reporting the discovery of ancient flint tools in brick-pits at Hoxne and culminating with the exposure of million-year-old footprints on Happisburgh beach in 2013, this lecture for the South Elmham and District Local History Group looks at the string of significant East Anglian archaeological discoveries which have revolutionised our understanding of the early human occupation of Britain. Further details can be found here.

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2022

    The Archaeology of Medieval Monasteries

    8:00 pmOnline

    Monasteries were one of the most important and influential features of the medieval landscape. This lecture for the Buckinghamshire Historical Association examines the monastic landscapes of Britain throughout the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods. Using examples from within the East Anglian region and from further afield, the history of monasticism in Britain, the development of the monastic cloister and precinct, and the management of monastic estates are explored. Further details can be found here.

  • Fri
    25
    Nov
    2022

    “Wonderful Things": Howard Carter and The Discovery of Tutankhamun

    10:15 - 14:45Wuffing Education - Online

    To mark the centenary of the moment when Howard Carter first looked into the tomb of Tutankhamun and uttered the famous words “wonderful things”, this study-day tells the story of how Carter, the son of a Swaffham artist, forged a career in Egyptology and doggedly pursued the tomb of the boy-king, only to be rewarded with one the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made. Further details can be found here.

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2022

    M.R. James' East Anglia

    7:00 pmWalberswick Village Hall, The Street, Southwold, IP18 6TZ

    Best known as the writer of some of the finest ghost stories ever published, M.R. James was also the foremost medieval scholar of his day and had a strong academic and personal interest in East Anglia's landscape and history. This lecture for the Walberswick Local History Group examines James' East Anglian connections, from his childhood in Suffolk to his involvement with excavations at St Edmund's abbey in Bury, and looks at the influence which the region had on the development of his ghost stories. More details can be found here.

  • Sat
    07
    Jan
    2023

    M.R. James' East Anglia

    2:15 pmNorwich Castle

    Best known as the writer of some of the finest ghost stories ever published, M.R. James was also the foremost medieval scholar of his day and had a strong academic and personal interest in East Anglia's landscape and history. This lecture examines James' East Anglian connections, from his involvement with excavations at St Edmund's abbey in Bury to his significant early work on the bosses of Norwich Cathedral, and looks at the influence which the region had on the development of his ghost stories. Further details can be found here.