SCA Conference 2010

Documenting Destruction in Yorkshire: the Dispersal of Monastic Artefacts

St. Mary's Abbey, York

This year's conference will be held on September 17th-19th, 2010, at the Bar Convent in York. Late medieval Yorkshire was known for the size and number of its monastic houses, and for the strength of its adherence to Roman orthodoxy. Unsurprisingly the county became the centre of national resistance to the dissolution of those foundations in the 1530s. In Yorkshire the avarice and greed of those who sought to benefit from the Dissolution came into stark conflict with the piety of those who aimed to retain vestiges of the Old Religion. This year the SCA aims to explore this conflict by charting the dispersal of monastic artefacts through a series of lectures on the reuse of monastic artefacts and landscapes.

There will also be visits to Holy Trinity, Micklegate and St. Mary's Abbey in York on Saturday afternoon, and to Byland and Rievaulx Abbeys on Sunday. We have also been granted special access to English Heritage's archaeological store at Helmsley, where many of the most spectacular remains of these dissolved monasteries are held.

Download the conference flyer and booking form here (right click to download). Places at the Bar Convent are limited, so we advise early booking.

Conference Flyer and booking form in PDF format
The full conference programme will be coming soon!

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