Meetings & Events: Annual Conference, Conferences

2018 Annual Conference in Cambridge

1 – 5 Sep 2018

The 2018 British Archaeological Association Conference will be Cambridge: College, Church and City

In September 2018, for the first time in 105 years, the British Archaeological Association will gather in the city of Cambridge to celebrate, explore and debate its medieval artistic, architectural and archaeological wealth. In addition to its famous university, the city was an important civic centre with thriving guilds and internationally renowned fairs and markets. Kings, queens, bishops and fraternities founded colleges and attended its churches. Its many parish churches and thriving monastic and mendicant centres stimulated advances not only in medieval architecture but in the visual arts too – sculpture, manuscript illustration and stained glass. It was also an early centre of antiquarianism and the conference takes place 140 years after Willis and Clark’s magisterial architectural history of the university.

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Lectures will cover topics on the art, architecture and archaeology of medieval Cambridge and the surrounding area, including papers on “priories, hospitals, colleges and parish churches in and around Cambridge, early sculpture, stained glass and wall paintings, manuscript illuminations, seals, coins and nineteenth-century antiquarianism”. Speakers include Meg Bernstein, Paul Binski, Alexandrina Buchanan, Spike Bucklow, Andrew Budge, James A. Cameron, Craig Cessford, Paul Everson, Jill Franklin, Anna Gannon, John Goodall, Anya Heilpern, Catherine Hundley, Arnold Klukas, John Lee, Richard Marks, Michael A. Michael, David Park, Nicholas Rogers, Miri Rubin, David Stocker, Frank Woodman, and Lucy Wrapson.

The conference will be based at Sidney Sussex College. In Cambridge there will be site visits to King’s, Great St Mary’s, and Jesus College; walking tours exploring south and north Cambridge will include St Benet’s, Corpus Christi Old Court, Gonville and Caius College, Little St Mary’s, Queens’ College, St Michael’s, Trinity College, The Round Church, and St John’s College. A coach excursion outside Cambridge will encompass Great Paxton, Madingley Hall, Ickleton, Whittlesford, Duxford St John’s and Hadstock.

The conference convenors are Dr Gabriel Byng (Clare Hall, University of Cambridge), and Dr Helen Lunnon (University of East Anglia). The conference is now full, but for any enquiries please contact the Hon. Conference Secretary at

For more detailed information, see the conference programme.