The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity 1400-1600


Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:30:00 BST


About us

‌The conference organisers are:

Dr Sarah Bastow, History, University of Huddersfield

Dr Katherine Lewis, History, University of Huddersfield

Visual and material remains are tantalizing clues to the former glories of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This is particularly the case for surviving religious material culture. Scholars from across many different disciplines have analysed these objects, buildings, and paraphernalia in an attempt to piece together the late medieval and early modern religious experience and the role religion played in daily life.

This conference brings together perspectives and research on religious objects from a range of disciplines and areas during the chaotic period from 1400 to 1600. Beginning – and continuing – a discussion that transcends traditional silos of discipline and time period will enable a more nuanced analysis of evidence.

We are very grateful for the generous support of the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature which has enabled us to offer reduced rates for postgraduates and early career researchers.

Conference Information

The ‘Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400-1600’ will take place from Tuesday 11 April until Wednesday 12 April 2017 at the University of Huddersfield.

Please note registration closes on 31 March 2017

Click here to register


Speakers and delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodation as the University of Huddersfield doesn’t own any student accommodation. There is a Premier Inn near the University. The Cambridge Hotel is near the station and about 15 minutes walk to campus. The Huddersfield Central Lodge hotel is in the centre of town. Other options can be found on this site using the drop down menu to choose Huddersfield.


For information about how to get to the University please see here for maps and useful travel links. Huddersfield station is about a 15 minute walk from the University campus. It is served by the Transpennine Express which runs directly to both Manchester and Leeds - see here for timetables and to buy advance tickets at a discount. From Leeds you can get direct trains to London, King’s Cross Station see here for timetables and to buy advance tickets at a discount.


Please click here for the draft programme


Conference keynote speakers

Dr Nicolas BellCollege Librarian, Trinity College, Cambridge

Dr Glyn Davies, Curator at Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Contact Us

Dr Sarah Bastow,

Dr Katherine Lewis,

Address: School of Music, Humanities and Media

West Building

University of Huddersfield



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