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The Essex Society for Archaeology and History, with the Essex Places Names Project, was pleased to sponsor a conference, 'Lost Landscapes: Reconstructing medieval Essex' held at the Essex Record Office today, Saturday 18 March 2017.
Medieval Essex was a land of rich variety, including estuaries and marshland, coastline and rivers, royal forests and ancient countryside. The landscape around us can seem like a fixed and permanent thing but it is, in fact, ever-changing, shaped by both natural and human forces. Today, expert speakers will explore how the landscape of medieval Essex shaped the lives of the people who lived there, and how they in turn shaped the environment around them.
Registration and refreshments
Dr Jim Galloway – Storms, floods and fisheries: the Thames marshes in the later middle ages
Tea and coffee
Dr James Kemble – How the Essex Placenames database can help your research
Paul Mardon – What’s in a name? What names tell us about places
Graham Jolliffe – Reconstructing an Essex medieval deer park
Dr Christopher Thornton – The ‘Wick’ farms of St Osyth
Prof. Stephen Rippon – Early medieval estates in Essex
A little about our speakers…
Dr Jim Galloway is an independent researcher specialising in medieval economic and environmental history. Formerly of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, he now lives in Ireland and is a Visiting Lecturer at Carlow College.
Paul Mardon has been a volunteer with the Essex Place Names Project since 2009 and has worked on a number of parishes across the county. He also gives talks to local groups and provides advice and guidance to volunteer recorders.
Dr James Kemble studied Landscape and Archaeology at Cambridge and London and has a degree in Archaeological Sciences. He is Coordinator of the Essex Place-Names Project.
Graham Jolliffe is a Research Data Manager at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Stebbing Local History Society which was established in 1995. He has done a considerable amount of original research on Stebbing which has been distributed through the society’s own publications. Since 2013 he has been working with Professor L. R. Poos of the Catholic University of America to transcribe, interpret and map the medieval and Tudor manorial documentary evidence for Stebbing – today's talk was a product of that research.
Dr Christopher Thornton is County Editor of the Victoria County History of Essex, Chairman of the Friends of Historic Essex and has been involved with the Essex Place Names Project since its launch. His research on Essex has ranged from medieval buildings, settlement and field systems to the history of modern seaside resorts. Most recently he has been investigating the history of the parish, market town and abbey of St Osyth for next volume of the VCH.
Prof. Stephen Rippon is Professor of Landscape Archaeology at the University of Exeter, although he was born and brought up in Essex. His most recent book – The Fields of Britannia – explored the extent of continuity in land-use from the Roman through to the early medieval periods. He is currently researching the development of territorial structures (kingdoms, civitates, counties, and estates) across eastern England.
Morant Lecture: Illustrated Talk by Ben Cowell on Some Essex Country Houses and their Owners, Venue: Church House Newport Including refreshments. Cost £5.00 members of Essex Society for Archaeology and History, £6.00 non-members
Southend Historic Environment Record and Protection of Southend's Heritage
Thank you for your letter of 11th January, setting out Southend Borough Council's arrangements for its Historic Environment Record (HER). We note that the HER is currently held at Southend Museum. The Southend Museums service is a great asset to the Borough; the town's museums are amongst the best in Essex and stand comparison with any Local Authority run museums in England. Southend has particularly fine and extensive archaeological collections; the work of a museum archaeologist is, of course, very different from that of a planning archaeologist, who must maintain and enhance the HER, identify necessary archaeological work arising from the planning process, prepare a brief to govern such work, approve written schemes, monitor fieldwork, and subsequent post-excavation work through to publication. How many archaeological staff does the Museum's service employ? and is it correct to assume that there are staff whose duties are dedicated to the maintenance of the HER and management of the archaeological resource through the planning process?
President, Essex Society for Archaeology and History
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received this notice which it is pleased to publish. The Morant Lecture is on the same day.
find details of the next talk of Essex Branch of the Historical Association
which may be of interest to your members.
March talk of the Essex Branch of the Historical Association will be held on 11 March 2017, 2.30pm at the
Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, and is entitled The Protestation of 1642 inEssex
by Prof. John Walter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Essex
and the author of Covenanting Citizens:
The Protestation Oath and Popular Political Culture in the English Revolution
(Oxford University Press, 2017)
1641 Parliament, fearing that the king was plotting against them, introduced
and took an oath called the Protestation. This was an oath with radical
intentions and revolutionary consequences primarily intending to get the nation
to swear parish by parish in defence of Parliament. The Protestation returns
provide a census of mid-seventeenth-century England still too little known or
used. They challenge our conventional picture of the Civil War as a reluctant
conflict among the political elite, telling a tale of how ‘ordinary’ men and women in responding to the political
and religious messages of the oath claimed for themselves a political voice.