Conferences and Meetings

One of the chief aims of the MSRG is to hold regular meetings, lectures, seminars and conferences around the country. Summaries of all the gatherings and themes have been published in the MSR journal and (former) Annual Report, and can also be found online on our Past Events page.

Winter Seminar 2021 – Migration and Communication

Date and time: Saturday 11th December 2021, 10.00am – 12.45pm


  • Prof. Janet Montgomery (Durham University), ‘Isotopes: what can (and can’t) they contribute to the historical evidence for diet and mobility in the medieval period?’
  • Dr Eleanor Rye (University of York), ‘Place-name evidence for early medieval communication: Worcestershire and East Anglia compared’
  • Prof. Chris Dyer (University of Leicester), ‘Migration and the English village, 1200-1540: history and archaeology’
  • Prof. Dawn Hadley (University of York), ‘From raiders to settlers: tracing Scandinavian migration in the East Midlands’

Although the seminar is free, booking is essential.

Medieval settlement and infrastructure archaeology seminar series 2021-2022

The inaugural seminar in this series took place in April 2021, and was so successful that we have decided to extend it to four seminars, rather than the two originally planned. If you missed the first seminar, or would like to see any of the papers again, you can view them all via our YouTube channel.

The second seminar in our series was held on Saturday 2nd October 2021, focusing on Northern and Central Europe. These papers will also be available to view on our YouTube channel soon.

Medieval settlement and infrastructure archaeology 2: Northern and Central Europe

  • Carenza Lewis (University of Lincoln), Welcome and Introduction ‘Medieval settlement: routes and roots’

  • Wim de Clerq, Ewoud Deschepper and Gerben Verbrugge (Ghent University) and Johan Hoorne (Hoorne & De Logi Archaeology), ‘Four decades of rural archaeology in the medieval county of Flanders. The impact of developer-led archaeology’

  • Mette Svart Kristiansen (Aarhus University), ‘Infrastructure archaeology and medieval rural settlement in Denmark’

  • Pavel Vařeka (University of West Bohemia), ‘Infrastructure archaeology and medieval settlement in Czech Republic’

  • Rainer Schreg (Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg) and Aline Kottmann (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Esslingen), ‘Infrastructure projects and rural development and medieval settlement archaeology in southern and western Germany’

The next seminars in this series are currently in planning, so watch this space for further information on the dates and the programme. Please contact Dr Susan Kilby if you have any questions.

For more conferences see the Council for British Archaeology schedule of events.