Reimagining Records

Event Date: 
28 Jun 2018 to 29 Jun 2018

The National Archives, Kew


What do the records of the medieval Crown, Court and Clergy really tell us?  Do archived documents have more to say about medieval society and the people who lived more than 500 years ago beyond the formal purpose for which they were created?  This two-day event will look again at the official records of the medieval state in England and Wales and explore innovative ways of using them for new research.


Day one offers papers from researchers exploring new approaches to official material. A keynote address will be delivered by Professor John Arnold of the University of Cambridge.  Sessions include papers on lordship, daily life, administrative practices, and accessing hidden voices.  The day incorporates free time for individual research using the archives’ collections and then closes with a public lecture by Ian Mortimer.


The second day is aimed specifically at postgraduates and early career researchers and will be structured around a series of hands-on workshops that reconsider the nature of official records and tackle issues of authority, agency and agenda in documentary evidence.  These will be led by specialists from The National Archives and include guest talks from participants that discuss how they use records as part of their research.  The ideas and methodologies circulating on day one will be integrated into the discussions on day two.  The workshops allow early career scholars to ‘reimagine’ their research and consider new approaches to medieval record collections.