Conferences & Meetings

One of the chief aims of the MSRG is to hold regular meetings, lectures, seminars and conferences around the country. The peregrinations of the Group over the past decade are detailed below.

Summaries of all the gatherings and themes have been published in the MSRG journal and (former) Annual Report.

Forthcoming conferences…

Forest, Woodland and Settlement, Medieval Settlement Research Group Spring Conference 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Kent Centre for History and Heritage and the School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, 20-22 April 2018

This year’s conference will focus on the theme of Forest, Woodland, and Settlement. Forests and woodland have long been studied by archaeologists and historians, but recent research including excavation and remote sensing through LiDAR is shedding new light on these important aspects of the medieval landscape. Confirmed speakers include Dr Amanda Richardson, Dr Paul Everill, Dr Gill Draper, Dr Della Hooke, Andrew Mayfield, and Dr Michael Bintley. Papers will address a range of themes including hunting lodges and deer parks, forest dens and settlement, timber buildings, and the application of LiDAR survey to woodland archaeology.

Programme Outline
The 2018 spring conference will begin on Friday evening with a tour of historic Canterbury, which will take in many of the city’s medieval sites, followed by an optional evening meal. Saturday’s programme consists of academic papers addressing the conference theme and lunch, this will be followed by an optional conference dinner. On Sunday, the conference will be rounded off with a fieldtrip to the woodland landscapes of Shorne, including the site of ‘Randall Manor’ that is being investigated by the Shorne Woods Archaeology Group. The field trip will be led by Kent Community Archaeologist Andrew Mayfield.

Click here for the full programme.

Registration Details

Online Registration Available Here

Alternatively please send cheques (payable to Medieval Settlement Research Group) with completed registration form to Dr Andy Seaman, Archaeology Programme, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Standard Rate £35 (Student Rate £25). Including tour of Canterbury, conference presentations, lunch and refreshments on Saturday, and the fieldtrip on Sunday. Please be advised that the conference dinners on Friday and Saturday evening, alongside lunch on Sunday, are not included in this rate and will need to be paid for separately by conference attendees.

Please be advised that delegates will be expected to arrange and pay for their own accommodation; the cost of accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

Whatever your budget there are numerous places to stay in the city that are within easy walking distance of the conference venue. Information on accommodation within the city can be found at

Further Information
For further information please contact Andy Seaman:

For more conferences see the Council for British Archaeology Briefing.

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