Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy – Thirteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

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Date / time: 16 May, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Humanities Building

Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy - Thirteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

In 2015, both the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Local History Society (WLHS) will celebrate 50-year anniversaries. Building on long-standing – personal, academic and institutional – links, representatives have teamed up to co-host the Thirteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research on Saturday 16 May 2015 under the theme of ‘Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy’. Everybody with related interests is warmly invited – we hope to attract participants from a wide range of backgrounds. The venue is the Humanities Building on the University’s Central Campus near Coventry.

Keynote address: Robert Swanson, Birmingham ‘Little local difficulties: parochial problems in pre-Reformation Warwickshire’

Shorter research papers:

Ruth Barbour, Warwick / WLHS: ‘Church Memorial Tablets: Reflections of Secular Power? Memorials to Catholics in Warwickshire Parish Churches’

Maureen Harris, WLHS: ‘“The malice and envy of my parishioners”: Conflicting Religious Cultures in the Warwickshire Parishes of Wixford, Haseley & Burton Dassett, 1655-1720’

Angela Nicholls, Warwick: ‘Competitive philanthropy: parish charity in early modern Warwickshire’

The co-organizers aim to showcase the parishes’ key cultural roles across all ages. Two principal questions will thus inform the activities of the Symposium:

◾In which ways have parishes shaped the county of Warwick in the past? (referring e.g. to ecclesiastical life, local government, communal identity, social networks …)
◾What role(s) can they play in its future? (e.g. in relation to religious / ecumenical cultures, local services, social work, heritage industry …)

Further details, including a call for 5-10 minute ‘parish project presentations’ or related stalls, can be found on the ‘My-Parish’ platform. Registration forms, together with a cheque for £15 (students) and £25 (all other participants), need to be submitted by 17 April 2015 to: Susan Dibben, Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL