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  • 06
    March 6, 2020

    University of Derby
    Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.


    Speaker, Dr Philip Sidebottom

    The thirteenth volume of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture records all known pre-Conquest carved stones in the counties of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The array of different styles and ornamentation provides a rich corpus of this material, rarely rivalled elsewhere in England. But what was their purpose; were they simply memorials, or did they mark territorial identities which have now long since gone? The speaker will suggest answers to these and other questions which have long puzzled historians.

    Dr Phil Sidebottom is the co-author of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, Vol. 13, along with Professor Jane Hawkes of York. He gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield, following his research interests in Anglo-Saxon sculpture and was a lecturer in archaeology until retiring in 2010. He is now a freelance archaeological consultant.

  • 11
    March 11, 2020

    13:30 -15:30
    Strutts Centre
    Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU

    Library open upstairs on the 1st floor.

  • 13
    March 13, 2020

    19:30 -21:30
    St. Mary's Church Hall
    Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX

    Speaker, John Arnold.

    When Alfred was born there were still four Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms but by the time of his death only Wessex survived with its own Anglo-Saxon royal household. This talk will examine why Wessex under Alfred was able to survive against Viking incursions whereas other states failed.

  • 20
    March 20, 2020

    19:30 -21:30
    St. Mary's Church Hall
    Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX

    Speaker, Dr Rosemary Muge.

    Poaching was endemic in 19th century East Midlands, at a level which equalled or exceeded that in the great poaching counties of the south and east. Night poaching was of great concern to the landed gentry and poaching affrays were common. Details of activities in Derbyshire in particular will be given.

  • 27
    March 27, 2020

    19:30 -21:30
    St. Mary's Church Hall
    Darley Lane, Derby, DE1 3AX

    Speaker, Robert Mee.


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