Bayleaf Tudor Farmstead

‘Mere village’ or rural city? Medieval and Tudor Chichester

Thursday 19 July 2018


The course

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.

The tutors

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.

Participant information

You will need to able to travel to Chichester where you will spend the afternoon. There is parking available in the city, you will need to pay for this on the day. It is advisable to bring a water bottle and wear weather appropriate clothing as you will spend the afternoon outside.

Participants will find it useful to bring a pen or pencil and notepad. You may also wish to bring a camera or phone with a camera.

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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