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Going Through the Mill, James Wright, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

16 September , 12:30 pm 1:30 pm

On 16 September 2021, 12:30 – 13:30, James Wright will present, via ZOOM, a live online lecture where he will talk about the findings from the historic graffiti survey of Kibworth Harcourt Windmill. The village may be familiar as it was used as the case study for Michael Wood’s 2010 series The Story of England.

Book at https://www.spab.org.uk/whats-on/lectures/going-through-mill
£5 pp – SPAB members
£6 pp – Non-members
£3 pp – Students

The SPAB’s current conservation project at its post-mediaeval windmill at Kibworth Harcourt in Leicestershire has allowed archaeologists from Triskele Heritage to investigate well-over 200+ examples of historic graffiti found in this extraordinary building. The inscriptions relate to activity by former millers, craftspeople involved in repairs and visitors to the building, and a large percentage of the assemblage of markings is thought to be connected to apotropaic practices intended to ward off bad luck from the structure. Join buildings archaeologist James Wright as he outlines, explains and contextualises these exciting discoveries.

James Wright is an award-winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades professional experience of ferreting around in people’s cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the past.

James’ talk will be recorded and available to watch on demand for a limited time after the live presentation. Bookings must be made in advance to receive this recording link.

IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform (Zoom). You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio.

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.



16 September
12:30 pm–1:30 pm


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
020 7377 1644
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