SCA Conference 2015

Churches and Settlement: Rural Churches and the Medieval Landscape

Car Colston from the SE

Car Colston church

This year's conference will be held on 4-6 September 2015, on the theme of rural churches and settlement. The conference will be held in the conference venue at John Foster Hall, on the Oadby campus of the University of Leicester. Leicester is home to a wide range of religious buildings, from churches founded in the Saxon period to a variety of late medieval religious institutions. It is also home to one of the most exciting recent discoveries in church archaeology - the burial of King Richard III at Greyfriars. The countryside around Leicester is also ideal for exploring the conference theme, as it is home to some of the finest rural churches in the country.

On Friday September 4th, conference delegates who arrive early will be able to take advantage of an after-hours guided tour to Leicester Cathedral and the new Greyfriars Visitors' Centre next door. The tour will be followed by an informal meal at Le Bistrot Pierre, in the heart of the city.

On Saturday September 5th, there will be a full programme of lectures on a range of topics fitting the rural churches and landscape theme, followed by a keynote lecture from Professor John Blair of the University of Oxford, and dinner and drinks at the conference centre.

On Sunday September 6th, we will undertake a full-day tour to some of Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire's best rural churches, including stops at Little Dalby, Kirby Bellars, Colston Bassett and Car Colston. We will also have lunch at the Neville Arms pub in Kinoulton.

Programme and booking information
Conference Programme
Online Booking For the first time, we are offering online booking for the SCA Conference, via the University of Leciester's secure shop@le webiste. You will be able to register, pick your conference preferences, book accommodation and pay, all in one stop. For further information, please see the conference programme.

More information about Leicester
John Foster Hall and the Oadby conference centre
Visit Leicester
King Richard III and Greyfriars Visitor Centre
Go Leicestershire