NORMAN CONNECTIONS CASTLES CONFERENCE, MAY 2012
The partners of the Interreg IVA France (Channel) – England EU project, Norman Connections, will be hosting their Norman Connections Castle Conference at Norwich Castle, Norwich, UK on 17th-18th May 2012.
The main aim of the Norman Connections Project is to build upon strong historical, physical and cultural links between England and France, and to promote and develop Norman heritage site interpretation through better academic understanding and the sharing of experience and best practice.
The Norman Connections Castles Conference will embrace the theme of Norman castles, from their earth and timber beginnings to the stone keeps we associate with the Normans today, while equally showcasing new research into other key Norman sites. This conference will encompass a variety of disciplines including history, archaeology and architectural history, with the aim of improving our understanding of these incredible buildings and contextualising them in the Norman world. It boasts a programme of outstanding speakers from both sides of the channel and provides a platform for debate, which will be accessible to the general public and castle specialists alike.
• Presentations will be given in English and in French
• Bilingual abstracts of each paper will be provided on the day
• Conference fees include tea and coffee, however, lunch will not be provided
• A buffet lunch will be available for an additional £6.50 per day
• Programme details are subject to change
The two-day conference on Anglo-Norman castles will provide the opportunity to learn about the fascinating influence the Normans had on our towns and countryside. There are a series of presentations over both days by English and French specialists on Norman archaeology, architecture and artefacts.
On 17th May, there will be a special lecture by Professor David Bates, author of the leading biography on William the Conqueror, entitled ‘Living in the 12th century cross-channel empire’.
Dates: 17 - 18 May 2012
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This conference has been made possible through the Norman Connections Project, selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England and co-funded by the ERDF. Museum and tourism professionals representing Norwich, Colchester, Rochester and Hastings Castles in England, and Caen and Falaise Castles, the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Calvados Tourism Department and Calvados Regional Council in France, have united with a common vision. Under the collective banner of Norman Connections, these partners are developing a new insight into the Anglo-Norman world and a shared approach to the conservation, interpretation and display of their respective Norman monuments and collections.
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