Calendar of Events in 2018

See also the branch programme and the Medieval Calendar


The Newport Ship. The Centre is now open only on Saturday from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
Saturdays from mid-February until early December.
Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter until the end of October.
During the School Holidays, we will also open on a Sunday.
This best preserved example of a fifteenth century ship could have been owned by the Earl of Warwick.

Saturday 27 January 2018
North Mercia Branch banquet at the Crown Hotel in Nantwich from 7pm for 7.30pm. Cost £35 each.

Saturday 27 January 2018
Eccentric Quiz Night at Mortimerís Cross Inn. Price £10 to include a basket meal chosen at the time of booking, prizes and spot prizes. Teams will be for four but we can put people together so do feel free to come along by yourself or with a friend. Questions will cover a wide range of subjects linked, maybe tenuously, to the battle in 1461. Booking soon is essential.

Saturday 10 February 2018
The Mortimer History Society's first event of 2018 is Medieval Pilgrimage in the Welsh Marches and it will be held in St Laurence's church in Ludlow. The morning will include two talks and an open forum. Dr Kathryn Hurlock and Dr Harriett Webster are both lecturers in medieval history with a special interest in pilgrimage.
This event is being held in association with the Ludlow Palmers and all profits will go the Conservation Trust for St Laurence.

Saturday 24 March 2018
Abbeys and Priories of the Welsh Borders
An evening lecture followed by two day tours - led by Tim Bridges
7.30 at Trinity Parish Room, 20 New Street, Ledbury HR8 2EE
£30 - contact Wendy Hill -

Saturday 7 April 2018
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House Norwich, 9.55am to 5pm. Cost £27 to include refreshments but not lunch. The topic is A Soldier's Tale: The Fighting Man, Ancient to Medieval.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13 - 15 April 2018
Medieval Coventry - the Triennial Conference organised by the Richard III Society at Burleigh Court, Loughborough.

Saturday 28 April 2018
9.30am for 10am Mortimer's Cross Battlefield Walk beginning at Mortimerís Cross Inn. For £20 this all-day event includes morning coffee, an expert narrated guided walk across the possible sites, lunch at the Corners Inn Kingsland, an arms and armour presentation, a tour of battle related medieval Kingsland and a walk back to the Mortimerís Cross Inn for tea and cakes at around 4.30. It is always fun. Booking essential.

Saturday 12 May 2018 - FULL DAY
"Researching Two Princes, Three Kings and the Last Medieval Queens" - Worcestershire Branch Study Day at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall DY10 4QA - reserve the date in your diary!
Speakers booked so far in alphabetical order:

Dr Heather Falvey - Subject: The reburial of Henry VI at St Georgeís Chapel, Windsor: a place of popular pilgrimage- In August 1484 Richard III had the remains of Henry VI transferred from Chertsey Abbey to St Georgeís Chapel, Windsor. The body was placed in a new coffin, which was lodged in a tomb under an arch in the quire to the right of the high altar. Almost directly opposite, on the left, was the ornate tomb that was currently being built over the burial place of Edward IV. Why did Richard move Henry to Windsor? His likely motives were political, practical and religious. At this time Windsor was already a popular place of pilgrimage: a few years earlier the remains of Sir John Schorne, a former priest at North Marston (Bucks), had been moved to St Georgeís so that the newly rebuilt chapel could benefit from the offerings left at Schorneís shrine. This talk briefly outlines Henryís death, his original burial and the possible reasons for the reinterment of his remains; it also briefly discusses the campaign in the 1500s to have Henry canonised. Finally it considers some of the miracles attributed to him and what they tell us about everyday life in late medieval England.

Dr Joanna Laynesmith - Subject: In Search of the Last Medieval Queens- a workshop on how I researched and wrote my book on English Queenship 1445-1503 giving the audience the opportunity to consider how to respond to some of the sources.

Matthew Lewis - Subject: The Survival of the Princes in the Tower. One mystery casts a long, dark shadow over history and exerts a pull like no other: the Princes in the Tower. For centuries, an argument has raged over who was responsible for the murder of the sons of King Edward IV. In his book, Matt Lewis asks whether this is the right question. What if the sons of Edward IV were not murdered in 1483 and survived Richard III's rule?

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018
Richard III Middleham Festival.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and Battle Re-enactment.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018
Bosworth Commemoration organised by the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, together with the Richard III Society.

Saturday 29 September 2018
Richard III Society Members' Day and AGM in Leicester.

Saturday 13 October 2018
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House Norwich, 1.25pm - 5pm. Cost £15 to include tea. The topic is The Curling of the Petal: the Fall of the White Rose.

Saturday 10 November 2018
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House Norwich, all day. Cost £27 to include refreshments but not lunch. The topic is Thou Shalt Get Kings.

Saturday 15 December 2018
Annual carol service at Fotheringhay organised by the Richard III Society.


Saturday 29 June 2019
Joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference at a venue to be arranged.
Three speakers are booked already - Ian Mortimer on the Mortimer claim to the throne; Prof Chris Given-Wilson on the rebellions against the Lancastrian kings in the name of Mortimer; Joanna Laynesmith on how Cecily Neville and Edward IV used the symbolism and mythology of the Mortimer inheritance.


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