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The opening lecture for the conference, ‘Rethinking the Medieval Pig’ by Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh, accompanied by an exhibition, poetry and a wine reception.

The NLHF Skin and Bone, Wood and Stone Conference is about our fantastic but little-known Kent medieval and early modern animal heritage (think Fantastic Beasts and Pokémon but older - and weirder), placed in a wider context by British and international scholars. The opening lecture, ‘Rethinking the Medieval Pig’ given by Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh, is accompanied by a fun heritage exhibition, live poetry readings, and a wine reception.

Tickets are free for all four days. Book for the Conference Opening on Wednesday 28 June below, so that we can anticipate numbers for catering. Follow this link to view the programme for the full weekend and book your ticket for the rest of the conference.

This is an in-venue event taking place in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, in the Old Sessions House.



  • Fabulous Animal Poetry Readings, Exhibition & Wine Reception: Sonia Overall, 5.15 - 6pm
  • Formal Conference Opening by The Clerk to Eastbridge Hospital: Louise Knight, 6.05 - 6.10pm
  • Opening Conference Lecture: Rethinking the Medieval Pig: Sheila Sweetinburgh, 6.10 - 7.10pm