William Worcestre 1415-2015: the Legacy of an Early English Topographer

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Date / time: 31 October, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

M Shed

William Worcestre 1415-2015: the Legacy of an Early English Topographer

This conference will celebrate the major contribution that William Worcestre made to early topography, and particularly to the study of late medieval Bristol. His Itineraries, ed. J.H.Harvey and excluding Bristol, appeared in 1969 and his Topography of Bristol, ed. F.Neale, was published by Bristol Record Society in 2000. A number of papers from leading speakers in the field will look at the society, culture and landscape that existed in Bristol in Worcestre’s time and at his contribution to English topography.

The conference will be held at M Shed in the heart of Bristol’s historic harbour and there will be a chance to look at the museum displays during conference breaks.

10.00 Tea/Coffee
10.25 – 10.30 Introduction
10.30 Professor Peter Fleming (University of the West of England): ‘Politics, Society and Culture in William Worcestre’s Bristol’
11.15 Frances Neale (former archivist, Wells Cathedral): ‘In the steppys of William Worcestre: the man and his methods’
12.00 – 12.15 Break
12.15 Professor Nicholas Orme (University of Exeter): ‘William Worcester and the Discovery of England’
1.00 Questions
1.15 Lunch
2.15 Professor Roger Leech (University of Southampton): ‘Town Houses in William Worcestre’s Bristol’
3.00 Dr Jan Broadway (General Secretary B&GAS): ‘The Afterlife of William Worcestre’
3.45 Questions and discussion
4.15 Summary
4.45 Close

Cost  £20 (£15 for members of B&GAS and students)
As numbers are limited to 80, early booking is recommended. Please use the booking form. Directions to the venue and information about public transport and parking will be sent in advance of the conference to those who have booked.

The Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society