Raglan Castle Symposium

The Welsh Regional Fellows’ Group of the Society is holding a one-day symposium on Raglan Castle, Gwent (Monmouthshire), in the Beaufort Arms, Raglan.

Saturday 23 November 2019

The meeting is being organized in honour of the late Rick Turner OBE, FSA, formerly of CADW, who died in June 2018. It will report on a new project of research into the castle and grounds of the exceptional very late medieval and Renaissance-period castle at Raglan and its role as a cultural and political centre, which Rick himself had been involved in planning.

We shall have a programme of papers and reports from leading specialists in the field from 9.45 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and propose to discuss future prospects for research and publication, including the aspiration to bring together a comprehensive volume of the scope and quality of Rick Turner’s own co-edited volume on Chepstow Castle (with Andy Johnson, Logaston Press, 2006). The cost for the day will include coffee/tea morning and afternoon and a buffet lunch.

Regrettably it is simply impractical to include a site visit as part of the day’s programme itself, and those coming the conference may wish to consider staying over in order to visit the castle either before or afterwards. It will be possible for some visitors to book rooms overnight in the Beaufort Arms. Please be advised that there are not high levels of provision for car parking in Raglan.

Places at the conference are limited to 100 and we expect extremely high levels of interest, so it will be wise to book early. The fee for the day is set at £25.00, to meet the costs of room hire and catering.




09.45–10.15: Professor Helen FultonWilliam Herbert of Raglan, First Earl of Pembroke

10.15–10.45: Professor Maurice WhiteheadThe International Links of the Earls of Worcester

10.45–11.00: Discussion

11.00–11.30: Coffee Break 

11.30–12.00: Dr Dylan Foster Evans"Gwinllan fu Raglan i'r iaith" ("Raglan was the vineyard for the nation"): Medieval Welsh Poets at Raglan Castle

12.00–12.30: Jeremy KnightRaglan and Catholic Recusancy in Monmouthshire

12.30–12.45: Discussion 

12.45–1.45: Buffet Lunch

1.45–2.15: Dr John KenyonThe Architecture of Raglan Castle

2.15–2.45: Dr Siân ReesThe Maintenance and Presentation of Raglan Castle as an Ancient Monument

2.45–3.15: Elisabeth WhittleThe Gardens and Parks of Raglan Castle

3.15–3.30: Discussion

3.30–3.50: Tea Break

3.50–4.20: Dr Adam Booth/Dr Christine StokesResults of Recent Geophysical Survey and the Raglan Castle Project

4.20–5.00: General discussion of plans and proposals for future work and a publication on Raglan Castle.

Tickets are £25 and includes lunch. 

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