Press Releases 2017

Celebrate the Medieval New Year at UWTSD’s Medieval Day in Lampeter

21.03.2017

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to be hosting its very first family Medieval Day in Lampeter.

UWTSD Battle Society

On Saturday, March 25th from 10am until 3pm, UWTSD will celebrate the Medieval New Year on the Feast of the Annunciation with a variety of Medieval activities.

The free public event will be a day of ‘living history’ and will include re-enactments with the University’s Norman, Viking and Battle societies; archery and medieval craft demonstrations.

During the day, visitors to the University’s Lampeter campus will also have the opportunity to hear the University’s Medieval Choir perform in the chapel on campus as well as being able to view displays of a range of medieval research projects.

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a strong reputation for its Medieval Studies programmes in Lampeter and as we look forward to the Medieval New Year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate with the local community by organising a public Medieval Day,” says Janet Burton, Professor of Medieval Studies.

“UWTSD Lampeter is one of only a very small number of UK institutions that offers Medieval Studies at undergraduate level and our first Medieval Day will allow us to showcase and celebrate the University’s role in the teaching of Medieval history,” she adds.

Janet Burton, Professor of Medieval History at UWTSD is well known for her research on medieval monastic orders and is the author of many books and articles on the subject. She works closely with colleagues in UWTSD and in other universities in Wales, and in Europe and beyond. Professor Burton is also Director of the Monastic Wales project.

“Our Medieval Studies degree schemes have been very successful and many of our graduates have gone on to further research, and to careers in heritage; museums, archives; heritage tourism as well as teaching and a range of administrative posts.

“Staff across the disciplines – History, Archaeology, Literature, Manuscript Studies – are engaged in a number of major research projects that feature Medieval themes, such as the Newport Ship; Strata Florida; Saints in Wales; Monastic Wales and the Swansea ‘City Witness’.

Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that draws on the expertise of its internationally renowned staff in History, English, Welsh, and Archaeology, and makes full use of its rich collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, which are accessible to students at all levels.

The Medieval Studies BA offers students the opportunity to study this exciting and vibrant period of history, combining modules that cover broad sweeps of time, which allow them to consider long term developments in politics, society, economy, and culture, and others that focus on particular topics and genres, such as Medieval Welsh Prose, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and the impact of the Normans on the medieval world.

“If you’re interested in learning more about the Middle Ages or would like to take part in any Medieval activities – perhaps even donning medieval dress or to have a go at a medieval activity - please come and join us,” adds Professor Burton.

Here's a draft programme of events:

 

10.00 am      Procession (choir and re-enactors) from the Main Library to the Chapel

                     A medieval mass will be performed in the Chapel of St David

 

10.45 am      Display and re-enactment by the Viking Society on the green

 

11.15 am      Performance of medieval music and readings of medieval poetry in the Chapel of St David

 

11.45 am      Tournament staged by Historia Normannis on the green

 

12.15 pm      Performance by Cantus, the medieval choir, in the Chapel of St David

 

12.35 pm      Medieval Street Theatre Robin Hood performed by the Musical Theatre Society outside the cloister gate.

 

13.00pm       Demonstration of armour and weapons by the Battle Society on the green

 

13.25 pm      Tournament staged by Historia Normannis on the green

 

13.50pm       Display and re-enactment by the Viking Society on the green

 

14.15 pm      Demonstration of armour and weapons by the Battle Society on the green

 

14.40 pm      Performance by Cantus, the medieval choir, in St David’s Chapel

 

15.00 pm      Closing procession

 

For further information about the event or any of the Medieval Studies programmes offered at UWTSD, please contact Professor Janet Burton by emailing j.burton@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476