Studying Church Monuments in the Archives: Antiquarians, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Church Monuments Society, University Library, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH, Thursday 20th June 2024, 10.30AM-4:00PM.

Join us for a day of lectures and displays exploring the history of studying church monuments, some of the key works produced by early scholars, and how their works have influenced others. Speakers will include Richard Knowles on ‘Charles Alfred Stothard (1786-1821), Monumental Effigies and the Anna Eliza Albums’, Brian and Moira Gittos on ‘Antiquarians at Work’ in which they examine the practice of a number of scholars including Charles Boutell, Herbert Macklin, William Prideaux and others, and David Carrington on the subject of ‘Archives and Church Monument Conservation’, in which he will explain how antiquarian works are vital to the practice of conserving monuments today.

After the morning of talks with a display of unique material on loan from Society members, an exhibition of rare books from the collections of the University of Leicester will be on show in the afternoon. Works on display will include a 1767 printing of John Weever’s Antient Funeral Monuments (1631), selected volumes from Richard Gough’s Sepulchral Monuments in Great Britain (1786-96), William Dugdale’s History of St Paul’s Cathedral (1658), Brindley & Weatherley’s Ancient Sepulchral Monuments (1887) and much, much more.

PARKING: University’s Freemen’s Common multi-storey car park, and/or other city car parks. If you arrive by train, the campus is approximately a 15-20 minute walk.

CATERING: Available in multiple campus outlets, including the Library cafe (open from 8 am).

ACCESS: We will meet in the Library foyer. Staff will need to let you through certain areas. Full details and guidance will be sent to all attendees in advance of the day.

BOOKING: Cost: £5 members, £7 non-members. Places are limited so to book please email churchmonuments@gmail.com with your name(s), number of places required, any accessibility needs that organisers need to be aware of, and we will send details of how to make a payment.

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