Cost: Free


Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)

Surveying Shakespeare's Guildhall: a public building in pre-modern England

Lecture by Dr Katherine Giles FSA

Stratford _Guildhall

At the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon are some of the best-preserved examples of late medieval guild buildings in England: the guildhall and chapel of the guild of the Holy Cross, now owned by King; Edward Vi Grammar School and the Stratford Town Trust. In this lecture, Dr Kate Giles (University of York) will share the results of a major programme of archaeological survey, tree ring dating and archival research which has shed light on their 13th century origins and 15th and 16th century rebuilding of this complex. The lecture will consider how the architectural and historical legacy of the guild formed part of the cultural inheritance of the early modern town and its most famous son, William Shakespeare, who went to school in the converted guildhall and whose father, John was associated with iconoclasm in the guild chapel. It will also reflect on how this archaeological research has informed a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund project to open the guild buildings up to the public, leading to further discoveries and future collaborative heritage and conservation projects.

Image courtesy of Dr Katherine Giles.

This will be a full Society of Antiquaries meeting, attended by the President and General Secretary of the Society, with an opportunity for Fellows to be formally admitted. The evening's lecture by Dr Giles will follow formal admissions and an introduction on current work at the Society.

Please contact Jola Zdunek (admin@sal.org.uk) if you wish to be formally admitted to the Society at this meeting.

Meeting held in Philip Rahtz lecture theatre, Kings Manor, York.

Tea in refectory, adjacent to the lecture theatre
Ordinary Meeting of Fellows and evening lecture
Sherry in the refectory, where tea was served

Directions for Kings Manor, York, can be found here.

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