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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Resources and Archives for Medieval Genealogy: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy’s conference and AGM for 2017

31st August 2017, 14:00 to 1st September 2017, 12:00, The Tristram Room, St John’s College, Durham University

Durham University and IMEMS are pleased to be hosting the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy’s conference and AGM for 2017.

Registration for this event is now closed

The conference fee will be FREE for Foundation for Medieval Genealogy members and £60 for non-members, which includes:

  • Refreshments on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, and a buffet lunch on Friday
  • Lectures
    • Dr Lynda Rollason (Durham University) on the Durham and Thorney Libri Vitae
    • Dr Michael Stansfield (Durham University) on the Durham Priory Archives

    • Dr Paul Dryburgh (National Archives) on deeds and evidences in the Court of Wards and Liveries
    • Dr Andrew Millard (Durham University) on Scottish soldiers imprisoned in Durham in the 17th century
    • A guided tour of Durham Cathedral (,
    • A ‘show-and-tell’ session with medieval manuscripts from the Durham Priory,
    • Free entrance to the Durham Museum and Heritage Centre (

Optional, for additional fees will be:

  • A discounted ticket for Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasures exhibition, including the temporary exhibition Magna Carta and The Forest Charters
    This is a unique opportunity to see all three issues of Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta, including the only surviving copy of the 1216 issue, and further issues from 1225 and 1300. These will be displayed alongside their associated Forest Charters, from 1217, 1225 and 1300. In the 800th anniversary year of the first Forest Charter to be issued, this group of six documents will be displayed together for the first time, alongside an exhibition exploring the continuing significance and impact of these charters, and what they meant for Durham and the North of England. (£5)
  • A 3 course conference dinner at The Cellar Door, a small independent restaurant set in a 13th Century cellar conversion, offering fine food and excellent river views. (£26)

Delegates should book their own accommodation. A variety of rooms are available close by in St Johns College (, St Chads College (, Hatfield College ( and other University colleges (, or there are several hotels in Durham city centre. ThisIsDurham has details of local hotels ( )

Delegates may like to stay on for the weekend, when the Kynren son et lumiére show encompassing 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend will be performed at nearby Bishop Auckland (

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