The purpose behind this one-day conference (10am-5pm) at the Society of Antiquaries of London is two-fold. First, one of the leading figures in castle studies since the 1950s has been Dr Derek Renn, author of Norman Castles in Britain (1969; 1973) and numerous papers and guidebooks. Dr Neil Guy, the CSG Editor, has been editing several essays for a Festschrift to honour Derek, and the CSG is pleased to be able to launch this collection in October. The volume, available at the conference, is entitled Castles: History, Archaeology, Landscape and Architecture. Second, speakers, including some contributors to the Festschrift, will be presenting short papers on current research, and it is hoped that at least one speaker will present thoughts on the directions which castle studies should be taking.
To date, speakers include Oliver Creighton, Karen Dempsey, Bob Higham, Brian Kerr, Neil Ludlow, Pamela Marshall and David Mercer.
The cost will be £70, which will include refreshments and a light sandwich lunch. Cheques should be made out to Castle Studies Group and sent with the application form to Dr John R. Kenyon, 140 Fairwater Grove East, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2JW. Closing date 31st July 2018.
The details for those wishing to pay by bank transfer are:RBS, 15 Foregate Street, Chester CH1 1HDaccount: Castle Studies Group. Sort code 16 16 14. Account number: 11351304It is essential that those paying by transfer use their name as an identifier in the reference field when making the payment.