On Saturday 11th March 2017 in Lenton Grove on the University of Nottingham campus starting at 10:00am there will be two presentations. The first by Mike Jefferson on farming on Templar estates in Leicestershire and the second by Amy Calladine on public ritual in English towns between 1630 and 1670.
Session 1 – Farming on the Templar estates in Lincolnshire following the arrest of the Order in 1308
After the arrest of the Templars on 10 January 1308 their estates fell into the hands of Edward II and were managed through his agents. The estates’ accounts from the period 1308–13 give a detailed insight into the farming practised by the Order and initially continued by the king’s agents. It is the response of the Templars to the Lincolnshire landscape which forms the focus of the presentation.
Session 2 – Public Ritual in English Towns, c.1630–1670
The period 1630–1670 was characterised by intense political and religious dislocation as Britain experienced civil war, republican rule and, finally, Restoration of the Monarchy. At such times, urban centres used moments of large-scale ritual practice to negotiate these unfamiliar circumstances. Focusing on a number of ceremonial forms including civic entries, public procession and the marking of regime change, the talk explores the nature of ritual performance with a special focus on East Midlands towns.
The Department of History organises local history seminars which take place on Saturdays between October and March. They are open to all with an interest in local and regional history. Booking is not necessary and the entry fee of £5 includes refreshments.
The seminars start promptly at 10am and finish at 12.30pm, and are held in Lenton Grove, accessed via the West Entrance of the University Park campus. There is limited parking outside the Department of History, and roadside parking 100m beyond Lenton Grove, just past the Humanities Building.