Forest, Woodland, and Settlement

North Holmes Road Campus
Arts and Humanities
Friday 20 (10:00) - Sunday 22 April 2018 (17:00)
For further information about this event please contact the event organisers.

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

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.

Registration Details

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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

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