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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 808: Borders and Boundaries in and around the Medieval Tower of London

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Historic Royal Palaces
Organiser:Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Moderator/Chair:Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Paper 808-aA Palace in a Fortress: Re-Presenting the Medieval Palace at the Tower
(Language: English)
Sally Dixon-Smith, Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Art History - Decorative Arts, Social History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 808-bReigate Stone Economies: Physical Borders and Boundaries in Medieval London
(Language: English)
Martin Michette, School of Geography & the Environment University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Economics - General, Social History
Paper 808-cThe Mailed Fist Uncovered: Understanding the Tower Armoury in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Malcolm Mercer, Royal Armouries, London
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Military History

This panel will explore three aspects of borders and boundaries in and around the Tower of London site. The first paper will address the boundaries faced in interpreting the medieval Tower as a royal palace to a modern audience fixated on its role as a 'gloomy fortress'. The second turns to the physical borders and architecture of the buildings and their preservation. Finally, the third paper will look at the role of the Tower as a working armoury, and ask whether addressing this through the lens of the privy wardrobe accounts creates anachronistic artificial boundaries?