IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 738: Civic Identity on the Edge?, I: Marginal Landscapes and the Material Culture of Late Medieval Hull

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Hull
Organisers:Sarah McKeon, Department of History, University of Hull
Elisabeth Salter, Department of English, University of Hull
Moderator/Chair:Daisy Black, Department of English Language, TESOL & Applied Linguistics, Swansea University
Respondent:Wendy R. Childs, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 738-aLiving on the Margins: Commons and Community in the Humber Wetlands, 1425-1600
(Language: English)
Briony Anne McDonagh, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 738-bThe Possessions and Civic Identities of Men and Women Who Owned, Described, and Traded Goods in Late Medieval Hull and Its Environs
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Salter, Department of English, University of Hull
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Local History, Maritime and Naval Studies, Social History

This is one of two linked sessions celebrating the late medieval heritage of Hull to mark the city’s year as UK City of Culture, 2017. Dr Briony McDonagh deals with the communal management of resources in the wetlands of the Humber estuary in the 15th and 16th centuries. Her paper examines issues of commons governance, conflict over common rights, and community responses to environmental threats – such as flood risks and over-exploitation – and socio-economic change including enclosure. Professor Elisabeth Salter makes use of last will and testament and other documentary materials to investigate the material culture of Hull and its environs. Salter’s paper examines the significance of Hull’s port location for the material culture that developed in Hull during the Late Middle Ages. Professor Wendy Childs (Leeds) has kindly agreed to act as respondent to McDonagh and Salter’s papers.