‘Mere village’ or rural city? Medieval and Tudor Chichester
Thursday 19 July 2018
Publicity about Chichester’s heritage often emphasizes its Roman and Georgian ‘roots’, but much of the layout of the historic city, as well as some of its most important buildings, date from the Middle Ages. This study day explores the historical and archaeological evidence for Chichester and its people from the early Middle Ages to the early 1600s, when it was a tiny walled city set in a rural landscape (the ‘mere village’ slur came from a late 12th-century chronicler called Richard of Devizes). The afternoon will be spent in Chichester.
Ian Friel has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Lancaster, an MA in English Local History from the University of Leicester and a PhD in medieval maritime and technological history from the University of Keele. Ian has worked for 30 years in the museum world. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) of London in 2000. He became a freelance writer, historian and museum consultant in 2007. His work since then has included both museum and media consultancy work. He also give talks and leads guided walks, as well as writing both fiction and history.
You will need to able to travel to Chichester where you will the spend the afternoon. It is advisable to bring outdoor clothing for this half of the day.
Fee and refreshments
£65 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
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