Monumental Brass Society Conference

Date: 02 September 2022   —  04 Sep 2022

The Monumental Brass Society’s Conference, organised in collaboration with the Church Monuments Society  was originally planned to take place in 2020.

King’s Lynn Minster

This much postponed event will take place  at the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn between 2nd and 4th September 2022.  You can download a flyer here.

The theme is Status and Display, and will include visits to the Minster Church of St Margaret in King’s Lynn, the chapel of St Nicholas also in the town, and to the village churches of Oxborough, Narborough, Rougham and South Acre where a team of experts will introduce a remarkable series of medieval and early modern funerary monuments and brasses in north-west Norfolk.

The keynote lecture will be given by Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, on Flowering and Decline:  English Effigies and Armour in the late 15th century.  There will be other lectures during the weekend, including Roger Bowdler on Rank Decay:  17th century vanitas monuments to persons of status, Nicholas Flory on Illustrissima ac potentissima princeps:  The Commemorative brass plaques of Isabella of Portugal and her Carthusian donations;  Challe Hudson on Clothing for Piety, Fashion and Power:  The Costume of Lady Margaret Beaufort; Philip Muijtjens on Contention Resurrection:  The tombs of Jean and Blanche of France in Royaumont; Robin Netherton on The sideless surcote, illusive, allusive; and Jean Wilson on Not a leg to stand on:  The monument to Robert Pierrepont, 1669 at West Dean, Wiltshire.

The Conference fee includes accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, all tea and coffee breaks, Sunday lunch and attendance on the excursions and lectures. Accommodation at the hotel is en-suite in single, double and twin rooms. It is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Members are also welcome to arrange their own accommodation and to attend on a non-residential basis and will need to do so if the demand for rooms exceeds our allocation at the Duke’s Head. King’s Lynn has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets including a Premier Inn and a Travelodge.

The cost for the Conference is £320 (single room) or £270 per person (double/twin room) for MBS members (non-members: £345, single room; £295 per person, double/twin room), full board (excluding Saturday lunch). Alternatively, delegates may choose to attend on a non-residential basis: Friday afternoon and evening £45 members (£55 non-members); Saturday excursion £40 members (£50 non-members); Saturday reception and conference dinner £40 members (£50 non-members); Sunday morning (including lunch) £35 members (£45 non-members).

Deadline for booking is 30th June.

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