Speaking with the Dead: A Symposium for All Souls at Exeter Cathedral/ The Devon and Exeter Institution

Speaking with the Dead: Histories of Memory in Sacred Space

1-2 November at Exeter Cathedral and the Devon and Exeter Institution

The symposium is open to academics and members of the public interested in exploring the history of tombs and commemoration in England and Wales from the Middle Ages to the present day. There is no registration fee. Please contact Professor Philip Schwyzer (p.a.schwyzer@ex.ac.uk) by Friday 25 September to register for the symposium. Those wishing to attend the public lecture by Professor Douglas Davies only should contact Sarah Grainger (sarah.grainger@exeter-cathedral.org.uk).


Friday 1 November (Pearson Room, Exeter Cathedral)

10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:30-11:30 Panel 1: Exeter’s Cathedral Cemetery

John Allan (Exeter Cathedral), “The Dead Competing with the Living: the Development of the Cathedral Cemetery at Exeter and the Struggle for Space”

Mandy Kingdom (Exeter), “Symbolism and Status: The Charcoal Burials of Medieval Exeter”

11:30-1:00 Panel 2: Remembering the Dead in Medieval Exeter

Nicholas Orme (Exeter), “Where Should I be Buried in Medieval Exeter?”

David Lepine (Exeter), “Death, Commemoration and Memory in Exeter Cathedral in the Later Middle Ages”

Sarah Hamilton (Exeter), “Liturgical Memory: The Evidence of the Exeter Martyrology”

Lunch, w/optional tour of the cathedral

2-3:30 Panel 3: Monuments and Memory in post-Reformation Exeter

Oliver Harris (UCL), “Sir Gawen and his Birthright: the Tomb of Sir Gawen Carew”

Philip Schwyzer (Exeter), “Broken Noses, or The Curation of Iconoclasm”

Diane Walker (Exeter Cathedral), “In the Chapel, on the right of the Library, is a mausoleum …”

4-5 Douglas Davies (Durham), “Intimacies and Formalities in Notes to the Dead.”         A Public Lecture for the Eve of All Souls in the Chapter House of Exeter Cathedral

5-6:00 Reception (Chapter House)

Saturday 2 November (Devon and Exeter Institution)

9:30-10:30 Keynote Lecture: Miri Rubin (QMUL), “Death and Commemoration in The   Life of William of Norwich

10:30-10:45 Coffee

10:45-12:15 Panel 4: Monuments and Memory in the Middle Ages

Naomi Howell (Exeter), “Subterranean Saracens: The Heart-Case of Roger de Norton and the Origins of St Albans”

Christian Steer (RHUL), “Monuments in Medieval London”

Christopher Knüsel (Exeter), “‘The holy blissful martir for to seke’: The Killing of Archbishop Thomas Becket (and the Whereabouts of his Remains)”

12:15-1:15 Panel 5: Moving Memorials

Chris Guy (Worcester Cathedral), The Relocation of Monuments in Worcester Cathedral

Ruth Nugent (Chester), “How to be in two places at once: (Dis)Connections Between Burial and Memorial in Post-Reformation Cathedrals”


2:00-3:30 Panel 6: Memories in and Beyond the Cathedral

Paul Bryant-Quinn (Exeter), “Graved on the Stone: Memorial Inscriptions from St Davids”

Howard Williams (Chester), “Cremation and the Cathedral”

David Harvey and Nicola Whyte (Exeter), “Archaeologies of (un)authorised Heritage: Personal and Public Memory at Ankerwycke Yew, Runnymede”

4:00-5:30 Eucharist for All Soul’s Day (Exeter Cathedral: Optional excursion)

5:30-6:30 Informal roundtable discussion (DEI)

End of Symposium