The University of Southampton Annual Reuter Lecture: Professor Chris Woolgar FBA, ‘The Later Medieval World of Things’

Date / time: 25 May, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday 24 May 2023, Building 65 (Avenue Campus), Lecture Theatre A, 6-7 pm

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The annual Reuter Day has been organised this year by the Centre of Medieval and Renaissance Culture together with History at the University of Southampton to honour our colleague Chris Woolgar, Emeritus Professor of History and Archival Studies.

Chris has given long and distinguished service to the university, for most of his career as an archivist and curator in the Hartley Library and from 2013 as a member of History. He has made many important contributions to scholarship, often defining new areas of research in medieval studies. His research interests have ranged widely from the medieval household through the senses and food to the material culture of everyday life. In recognition of his achievements, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic meant that we could not celebrate this properly at the time, so this day in Chris’s honour has been long planned.

The Reuter Day in Chris’s honour on Wednesday 24 May 2023 will comprise the following events:

2-4 pm: a PGR Roundtable, Confucius Boardroom (Building 65, Room 2123). This will involve an informal discussion of key themes in Chris’s research and how these are reflected in the research interests of our PhD students.

6-7 pm: The Reuter Lecture (Lecture Theatre A, Building 65, Room1133). Prof. Chris Woolgar FBA, ‘The Later Medieval World of Things’

7-8 pm: Reception, Building 65 North Corridor

(Building 65 where all these events take place is on the University’s Avenue Campus on Highfield Road, Southampton, SO17 1BF)

We would especially draw the attention of PhD students in medieval and early modern studies History and their supervisors to the PGR roundtable, which will focus on the varied themes of Chris’s work and be an opportunity for postgraduates to present their research in progress.

Chris’s interests are broad, ranging from the household through the senses and food to the material culture of everyday life, so there will be many connections to find between this and the research of students in history and across the School of Humanities.

We are looking for brief and informal presentations of 5-10 minutes about how your research relates to Chris Woolgar’s interests (even if you do not engage directly with his scholarship). It will be a friendly and informal session, focused on exploring and helping you with your work in progress. Chris will not act as a formal respondent but will take part in the ensuing discussion.

If you think you might like to take part, please contact Professor Peter Clarke ( If supervisors could encourage their PhD students to contact him about this event, we would be grateful.