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Future Events

Tour of East Hertfordshire, Saturday 15th July 2017.

Led by Andrew Skelton & Jean Wilson

These five churches have many monuments on different social scales.  Three of the churches have long-lived family connections from the 1700s, ranging from local gentry (Halsey of Great Gaddesden), lower aristocracy (Saunders-Sebright, baronets  of Flamstead) to upper aristocracy (the titled Egertons  - earls and Dukes of Bridgewater - of Little Gaddesden), but this does not necessarily reflect the form of the monuments commissioned.  An earlier group is at Aldbury, with their origins in a local dissolved abbey, while at Tring there is one magnificent monument that would not be out of place in Westminster Abbey.

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Informal study day at Brecon, Saturday 28 October 2017

Brecon Cathedral (formerly the parish church, and before that the Priory of St John) is ledgerstone heaven. Restoration by Scott in the 1860s and 1870s saved an outstanding collection of early modern floor slabs including about 60 of the characteristic Welsh cross slabs. The cathedral also has medieval cross slabs and effigy tombs.

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Saturday November 25 2017

We are aware that the costs of excursions have (inevitably) been rising. I propose to lead a cheaper walking tour of Cambridge churches and college chapels, no fewer than eight, no more than ten, and including Gonville & Caius, which has the most important set of early modern monuments in Cambridge. No refreshments will be provided, but we'll leave a long gap for lunch and finish in time for participants to get tea before the Evensong at Kings & St John's Colleges (5.30/6.30).

Full details and booking form will appear in the next Newsletter and on the web site.

‘Interpreting Medieval Monuments: Iconography and Meaning’: one-day conference in London, Saturday 17 March 2018

On Saturday 17 March 2018 year the Society is holding a one day conference in Senate House, London, on ‘Interpreting Medieval Monuments: Iconography and Meaning’. The speakers will be Sally Badham, Jessica Barker, Brian & Moira Gittos, Nicola Jennings, Andrew Murray, and Sophie Oosterwijk. Fuller details and a booking form will appear in the autumn Newsletter, but meanwhile get it in your diary.

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Important Notice: Disclaimer

Note that paths, floors, steps and fittings in and around historic buildings may often be uneven and participants are expected to take reasonable care.  None of the officers, committee or members of the Church Monuments Society and no leader or organiser of any event, visit, walk or programme promoted by the Society shall be liable in respect of the death of, or injury, damage or loss to, any person or the property of any person, which may occur or arise out of participation in any such event, visit, walk or programme.

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