Exeter Branch Programme

Branch Programme

By Robert Guyver

PROGRAMME 2018 - 2019

At present Exeter Branch are still completing their programme for the full year 2018/19, and some venue details need to be finalised for events already arranged.  The programme below includes both Exeter Branch and University of Exeter events.

Please note the change of date for the Joyce Youings Lecture, previously advertised as being in October.


Detailed addresses are given for some events.  Where an event is held at the University of Exeter's Streatham campus, see detailed map: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/streathammap/  for a map. Parking is free after 6 p.m. in Prince of Wales Road, but payment is required before that.

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Wednesday, 26th September 2018 at 4.00 p.m.


Venue: Seminar Room 10, The Forum, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4SZ (see https://www.exeter.acuk/forum/)

Event: University of Exeter Medieval Studies Centre start of year welcome session

Convenor: Dr Catherine Rider.

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Wednesay, 10th October 2018 at 4.00 p.m.


Venue: University of Exeter, Forum Seminar Room 10

Event: University of Exeter Centre for Medieval Studies Seminar: 

Title: The Good Duke of Gloucester and the English Renaissance of the Fifteenth Century

Speaker: Jonathan Hughes (Honorary Research Fellow)

Contact: Dr Catherine Rider, c.r.rider@exeter.ac.uk

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Tuesday, 16th October 2018 at 5.00 p.m.


Venue: Lecture Theatre (Main building), Exeter College, Hele Road, Exeter EX4 4JS (Visitors wishing to attend the lecture should please sign in at Reception)

Event: Exeter Branch of the Historical Association lecture

Title: Island Nation: The Three Kingdoms in the Seventeenth Century

Speaker: Dr Freyja Cox Jensen, University of Exeter

Parking is available on Hele Road and on North Road.

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Wednesday, 17th October at 4.00 p.m.

Venue: University of Exeter, Centre for Medieval Studies, Forum Seminar Room 7

Event: Centre for Medieval Studies Research Seminar

Title: The Manuscripts of Matthew Paris

Speaker: Dr Judith Collard (Otago)

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Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 4.00 p.m.

Venue: University of Exeter, Centre for Medieval Studies, Forum Seminar Room 10

Nature of event: University of Exeter, Centre for Medieval Studies Seminar

Title: News, Current Events and History, c. 1200

Speaker: Helen Birkett (History, University of Exeter)

Contact: Dr Catherine Rider, convenor c.r.rider@exeter.ac.uk

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Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 4 p.m.

Venue: University of Exeter, Centre for Medieval Studies, Forum Seminar Room 10

Event: Centre for Medieval Studies Seminar

Title: Devon, Historians and Domesday

Speaker: Chris Lewis, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Contact: Dr Catherine Rider convenor c.r.rider@exeter.ac.uk

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Tuesday, 13th November 2018 at 6.00 p.m.

(Drinks reception, 6.00 p.m., lecture 6.30 p.m.)


Venue: University of Exeter, Amory Lobby (reception), Amory Moot Room (to be confirmed) for Lecture.

Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/campuses/virtualtours/streathamcampusexeter/) Parking is free after 6 p.m. in Prince of Wales Road)

Event: The Annual Professor Joyce Youings Lecture

Provisional Title: Luther and the Reformation

Speaker: Professor Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford

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Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 4 p.m.

Venue: University of Exeter, Building 1, Pearson Teaching Room

Event:  Centre for Medieval Studies Seminar

Title: My Hovercraft is Full of Eels: Medieval History in the Media

Speaker: Kate Wiles (History Today)

Contact: Dr Catherine Rider, convenor c.r.rider@exeter.ac.uk

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22nd November 2018 at 6 p.m.


Venue: Amory Building, Amory Room C501, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ

Event: Exeter Branch of the Historical Society lecture

Title: How Aethelred Got a Life

Speaker: Dr Levi Roach, University of Exeter

Note: Dr Roach’s study of Æthelred the Unready has just won the Longman History Book Prize for the best first book by an historian.  This event is free and open to all. Also see Dr Roach’s article: https://www.historytoday.com/levi-roach/æthelred-ready-rule

This is a rescheduled event, originally planned for March 2018, but cancelled because of snow.

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Monday 3 December 2018 at 5.30 p.m.

(Drinks reception 6.00 p.m. in Amory Hub; debate at 6.30 p.m.)


Venue: Amory Moot Room, University of Exeter

Event: Exeter Branch Historical Association Annual Debate

Title: Slaveries ancient and modern

(This annual debate will provide different perspectives on slavery and the slave trade and bring to the debate different geographical and chronological dimensions, from ancient times to modern)

Speakers: Neville Morley, Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter; Bruce Coleman; Paul Auchterlonie; Dr. Silvia Espelt Bombin, Lecturer in History of the Americas; and Dr Miguel Hernandez, Associate Lecturer (E&S), University of Exeter.

Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 5.30 p.m.


Venue: Within the University of Exeter, Streatham Court Lecture Theatre C

Event: University of Exeter Simon Barton Memorial Lecture in Medieval Studies

Title: Faith, Culture and Identity in Medieval Spain

Speaker: Roger Collins (Edinburgh)

Contact: Dr Catherine Rider, convenor c.r.rider@exeter.ac.uk

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 at 4.15 p.m.


Venue: Exeter School, Victoria Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4NS

Title: An Exeter Man in Algiers and Mecca: Joseph Pitts (1661 - 1739)

Speaker: Paul Auchterlonie, Hon. Research Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

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Monday 11 March 2019, time to be confirmed


Venue: Within the University of Exeter, exact location to be confirmed. 

Event: The Exeter University Annual Orme Lecture in Medieval Studies

Title: as yet unknown

Speaker: Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Queen Mary University of London

PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE; WE WILL BE UPLOADING CONFIRMATION OF VENUE DETAILS AND INFORMATION ABOUT FURTHER LECTURES AND EVENTS AS SOON AS THESE ARE CONFIRMED.