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Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
Founded 1855

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Lecture Programme

Lectures held in person are normally held at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery (please use main entrance from New Walk). Lectures given online in 2021/22 will be delivered using Zoom, with prior booking using Eventbrite required.

The AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 24th November 2021 at 7pm. A decision on whether the meeting will be held virtually on in person will be made in due course.

Every year the Alan and Joan North Memorial lecture is held in March and covers a topic related to the Roman Republic or Empire. The recently inaugurated John Scarborough Lecture is also held annually, and covers an aspect of the High Medieval in the East Midlands.

Photograph of a lecture

Lectures form an important part of the annual programme of activities. Between September and May lectures are held approximately every two or three weeks and consist of a mixture of history and archaeology topics usually on subjects which have local significance. However, on occasions subjects of national and international importance feature in the programme.

Programme for the 2021-22 season.

Alternative arrangements continue to be made on a lecture by lecture basis due to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing (August 2021), Leicester is no longer in lockdown. Although public lectures are now permitted with restrictions in place, the first lecture of the year, will be given online. Information relating to future events will be emailed to members, and updated on these website pages.

We will continue to make as many lectures as possible available digitally whether live, or a few days after the lecture was given, as previous lectures have been well attended locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Lecture Secretary, Yolanda Courtney, has organised an excellent series of lectures for the upcoming season on a wide range of topics. Audience numbers will be capped at 300 for the live streamed lectures, and booking via Eventbrite will be essential. Details (with instructions on how to participate) will be sent out 2-3 weeks before. If un-booked spaces remain available in the final week before the event, we will advertise publicly and hope to attract a wide audience. If you have a personal computer, laptop or even a smart phone, it is relatively straightforward to join a Zoom meeting once you have the meeting number and password.

Whilst we appreciate that online lectures are not ideal, we hope that they will preserve some of the immediacy of a normal live event in a lecture room. The situation will of course be kept under constant review and we thank you for your understanding that maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our audiences must be our prime concern.

 

Date Subject Lecturer
Thursday

23 September

2021

Scarborough High Middle Ages Lecture

Before Wat Tyler: peasant rebellion in the East Midlands in the thirteenth century

This lecture will be given online using 'Zoom'. Tickets (which are free) will need to be booked through Eventbrite

Prof Chris Dyer

University of Leicester

Thursday

4 November

2021

Dabbling in the dark arts: How the Church embraced Arabic astrology and opened the door to modern science

 

Dr Chris Mitchell

University of Wales, Trinity St. David

 



Wednesday

24 November

2021 at 7pm

The 166th Annual General Meeting

followed by:

Luxury galore: the prisoners at Donington Park



Robin Jenkins

Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland



Thursday 2

December

2021
Diet and migration at Ketton Quarry: an isotopic perspective

Dr Sam Leggett

University of Oxford/University of Edinburgh



Thursday

13 January

2022
A recent Roman discovery in Rutland

Jennifer Browning

University of Leicester Archaeological Services


Thursday

20 January

2022

Joint lecture with the Prehistoric Society and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers

Kindred: Neanderthal life, love, death and art


Rebecca Wragg Sykes

School of Archaeology, University of Liverpool

tbc

Thursday

10 February

2022

Members' Evening

If you would like to present the results of your research to fellow members please contact the Hon. Lecture Secretary by email at lectures@lahs.org.uk or by phone on 0116 2120271



Thursday

10 March

2022

The Alan and Joan North Memorial Lecture

Did the Romans have a typical East Midlands town? What makes a Roman town, with particular reference to Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

 

Ian Meadows

 

Independent Consultant



Thursday

31 March

2022

A middle to late Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Rothley, The Grange

Rob Atkins

Museum of London Archaeology



Thursday

28 April

2021


 

Council housing before 1915: Hinckley and other pioneers

Paul Griffiths

Local Historian

 

Thursday

12 May

2021

An overview of investigations undertaken by Albion Archaeology in Leicestershire and Rutland

Mike Luke

Albion Archaeology

Thursday

26 May

2021

Burial and settlement around the causewayed enclosure at Husbands Bosworth

Matthew Beamish & James Harvey

University of Leicester Archaeological Services