Church Monuments Society


Fine and Private Places: or, why study funerary monuments?



Online event

The first of the April-May 2021 mini-series of free lectures providing an introduction to the Church Monuments Society: a general introduction to the study of funerary monuments by Dr Jean Wilson MBE FSA.

This talk is a general introduction to what may be gained from the study of funerary monuments, concentrating not on the technical aspects (types, materials, development) but on the aesthetic and historical aspects, particularly emotional history.

Join us to hear about many monuments including, among others, examples from Apethorpe (Northamptonshire), Ashburnham (East Sussex), Blo’ Norton (Norfolk), Buckland St Mary (Somerset), Churchill (Somerset), Elveden (Norfolk), Eyeworth (Bedfordshire), Flitton (Bedfordshire), Great Gaddesden (Hertfordshire), Hillingdon (London), Little Saxham (Suffolk), Lichfield (Staffordshire), Ringsfield (Suffolk), Sibton (Suffolk), Southwick (West Sussex), Spetchley (Worcestershire), Stanford-on-Avon (Northamptonshire), and Sutton-at-Hone (Kent).

Dr Jean Wilson spent her academic career teaching in universities in the UK and USA with a very short stint in China. She has published books on the court cults of Elizabeth I, and Shakespearean playhouses, but her main interest is early modern British monuments, to which she brings (she hopes) a late-twentieth-century feminist approach.

Event Information

This online talk is FREE to all and will take place on Zoom. Places must be booked via Eventbrite: go to to register