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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS/Blackfriars 13th Public Lecture: Blackfriars and the Newcastle Craft Guilds

21st April 2018, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne

IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and we are pleased to announce our 13th public lecture on medieval food.

The event will begin at 11.00 am and will be followed by a suitably medieval 3 course set lunch served communally.


Dr Adrian Green (Department of History, Durham University)


Adrian's talk will explore Blackfriars itself, and its immediate history after the Middle Ages:

Blackfriars and the Newcastle Craft Guilds

The monastic buildings of Blackfriars were converted after the Dissolution of the Monasteries into meeting halls for some of Newcastle’s craft guilds. This talk looks at how the architecture of Blackfriars was adapted by the guilds, and relates the building to the other guild meeting halls around the town. In addition to converting Blackfriars, several guilds had meeting rooms in the towers of the town wall and the grandest guild, the Merchant Adventurers, had splendid rooms in the Guildhall on the Quayside. Ceremonial processions around the town linked all these meeting halls. This talk looks at the impressive architecture created by the guilds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

To book click here - Places are limited and this is a very popular event so book now to avoid disappointment. A discount code applies for students and academics wishing to attend this event. Please use the discount code STUDENT when booking.

If you have food allergies, you will need to contact the restaurant directly before booking:

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