Warwickshire’s changing past, 16 May 2020

at Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW

In 2020 the Dugdale Society will celebrate its hundredth year. The Society is marking the occasion by holding a conference on ‘Warwickshire’s changing past’, which will focus on changes in the subject matter, approaches and interpretations of the history of the county (or parts of the county) since 1920.

Warwickshire’s changing past is a conference to honour and celebrate the Dugdale Society’s hundred years as a publishing society.  During that time British society, politics and culture has changed profoundly, and historical writing of all kinds, both local and national, has reflected those changes.  Local history and national or general history have always been connected, and their interaction has also evolved over time. The contributors to this conference are examining Warwickshire’s history in response to a request ‘to focus on changes in the subject matter, approaches and interpretations of the history of the county (or parts of the county) since 1920.’  The chosen subjects cover a wide span of time, from the eleventh century until the present day, and they include many historical themes. The speakers will show that new sources have been discovered and new methods have been devised. They will re-consider long-standing questions, and pose novel questions about the past. The contributors will be looking back over the last hundred years, but will also be concerned with current thinking and, on occasion, will look to future developments.

Our guest speaker at the conference will be Diarmaid  MacCulloch. Other speakers will include Robert Bearman, The Dugdale Society, 1920-2020: all plain sailing?  Peter Coss, The beginnings of Coventry.  Richard Goddard, Was commerce in late medieval Coventry restricted by regulation?  Andrew Watkins, Studying late medieval small towns in Warwickshire, 1920-2020.  Cathryn Enis, Religion, rebellion and red jackets: changing approaches to society and politics in sixteenth-century Warwickshire. Susan Cogan, Social networks and concord in post-Reformation Warwickshire.  Nat Alcock, The discovery of Warwickshire’s vernacular architecture.  Diarmaid MacCulloch, Infinite riches in a little room: putting local history into general history (Chair, President) Ann Hughes, New approaches to Warwickshire and the Civil War. From causes to consequences, from economics to culture?  Jon Stobart, Writing histories of the landed elite, c.1660-1914 John Beckett, The Victoria County History in Warwickshire  Sarah Richardson, Warwickshire women and the fight for the vote  Catherine Richardson, Shakespeare and the Warwickshire landscape in the age of the tourist Christopher Dyer, Winding up

The Conference will be held on Saturday 16 May 2020 at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Conference fees are £15 per person. Tea and coffee will be provided.  Delegates should make their own arrangements for lunch. Cheques should be payable to the Dugdale Society and sent to: The Dugdale Society, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW.  Details of the Society’s bank account can be provided if online payment is preferred or a PayPal invoice can be sent. In either case, please contact the Secretary by email at: dugdale-society@hotmail.co.uk  Cancellations and a full refund will be possible with two weeks’ notice.

The conference programme and a booking form can be downloaded from the link below.

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