Medieval Materialities

Midlands Hub

Medieval Materialities provides a hub for the study of medieval material culture from the Midlands. Following our first M4C interdisciplinary dialogue day at Lichfield Cathedral in May 2022, we are pleased to present the work of Midlands doctoral students on Lichfield’s manuscripts and stonework, as well as reflections on medieval liturgy and performance practice.

Aimed at doctoral researchers working across all areas and sub-disciplines of Medieval Studies, the 2022 event explored the medieval manuscripts, archaeology, and building history of Lichfield Cathedral, while also inviting wider questions about the accessible and responsible interpretation and public communication of medieval heritage.

The day presented a unique opportunity for deep engagement with medieval artefacts and material culture, led by experts at Lichfield Cathedral and supervisors from across the M4C consortium. It also offered opportunities for professional development, including a Q&A on work within the heritage sector from the perspective of both conservationists and academics, plus a wider discussion about the ways of making interdisciplinarity work in Medieval Studies.

The Lichfield/ St Chad/ St Teilo Gospels. Image with permission of Lichfield Cathedral.