IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1553: Engaging New Local Audiences for the Middle Ages

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Victoria County History / Centre for the History of People, Place & Community, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Organiser:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1553-aUp Close and Personal: How and Why to Engage Members of the Public with Medieval Archaeology
(Language: English)
Carenza Lewis, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Local History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1553-bUnboxing Secret Histories: New Directions for the Victoria County History
(Language: English)
Catherine A. M. Clarke, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Local History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1553-cPublishing the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Caroline Palmer, Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge
Index terms: Local History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

It can be hard to explain the interest, excitement, complexity, and relevance of the Middle Ages to the public, even to people with an interest in other periods of history or archaeology, let alone new audiences. This session showcases ways of taking medieval studies to specifically local audiences, with an emphasis on presenting the medieval past in particular localities and regions. Three very experienced practitioners from different backgrounds offer their own perspectives on ways of engaging new audiences, covering recent and new initiatives in archaeology, history, and publishing.