IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1303: Old Seals: New Visions

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:SIGILLVM - The Network for Research on Seals
Organiser:John Cherry, Independent Scholar, London
Moderator/Chair:Paul D. A. Harvey, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 1303-aContinuity and Change in the Civic Seals of Norwich
(Language: English)
Matthew Sillence, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History
Paper 1303-bSetting out to Impress: Seal Impressions from a Medieval Market Town
(Language: English)
Laura Evans, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History
Paper 1303-cName and Image: Objects on Seals
(Language: English)
John Cherry, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History
Abstract

Seals had an important role in authenticating documents concerning transfers of land and property in the Middle Ages. This session on their nature and use in both town and country in England will begin with seals used by Norwich, and will show how the changes, and alterations of civic seals can assert authority through integrity and continuity. Seals from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, will show how those seals used by the Pitchford family reflect the social structures and networks that operated in a small market town. Finally the depiction of objects on seals will be considered in the light that they shed on the actual objects, and the names and professions, and social standing of those undertaking the sealing.