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The Farnham Monuments: Myths, Legends and Family Fables



Online event

About this event

An event forming part of the Church Monuments Society’s ‘The Stories Monuments Tell’ series of free Spring online lectures 2022. Everybody welcome!

The Farnham Monuments: Myths, Legends and Family Fables: Moira Ackers

This is a story about the Farnham family who were pretty average members of the early-modern Leicestershire squirarchy. They were neither particularly prominent in the honour community nor very wealthy. So why do they have a chantry chapel in Quorn crammed with monuments? Between 1502 -1587 the Farnham’s commissioned nine memorials. Why did they suddenly engage in this expensive elite activity? What were they trying to tell their contemporaries and how do we read their monuments today?

Moira Ackers, BSc(Hons), MA completed her Art History MA at the OU with a dissertation on the Early-modern alabaster monuments and their sculptors in the East Midlands. She has been a member of the CMS for many years and now serves on the Council as Events co-ordinator.


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. This is one of a series of online talks delivered by the Church Monuments Society for Spring 2022. For details of the others, go to our Events pages at


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Image Credit: Moira Ackers. The image is part of the Monument to William Farnham (d.1548) and Dorothy Neville, Royley’s workshop (fl.1546-1600).