I have recently written a blog post about Leeds International Medieval Congress for the Irish Humanities Alliance, for their 'Busy Season' series: Lectures have ended, exams are corrected, just what do academics do all summer? Fieldwork and research, write books and articles, organise and attend conferences, update next year’s courses, supervise postgraduate dissertations, overhaul websites… For … Continue reading I Know What The Medievalists Did Last (and Every) Summer….
Two weeks ago I moved to Berlin with my husband. We are planning to be here until August, while I work on a project part-funded by the DAAD, during which time I will be a postdoctoral researcher at the Großbritannien-Zentrum, part of the Humboldt University. We decided to drive from Oxford to Berlin, stopping in … Continue reading Aachen Cathedral (and associated thoughts)
Last week, my sister took me to visit the parish church of St Mary Magdalene at Ickleton in Cambridgeshire. From the outside, it looks like a beautiful medieval church with an unusual bell (Tudor) - but the inside is even more interesting. One night in 1979, the church caught fire, or rather, was … Continue reading Medieval Wall Paintings in Ickleton
A few weeks ago, I was part of a group lucky enough to be shown around St Edmund Hall's beautiful library by Professor Henrike Lähnemann. You can read an in-depth history of the library here on the SEH website, so I will just post some pictures and provide the basics. The College's main library is in … Continue reading A Visit to St Edmund Hall’s Library
I’m taking advantage of a pause in the final stages of my thesis to upload a much-delayed blog post about a couple of Scottish ecclesiastical ruins which can be visited for free. As a researcher of the English and German Middle Ages, Scotland is not my area of expertise, but I tend to seek out … Continue reading Visiting Scottish Church Ruins