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. We are delighted to welcome proposals from early career and established scholars for papers relating to the medieval history of Cambridge to be presented at the conference.

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.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: College architecture: chapels, halls, courts and lodges, the parish churches of the city and the surrounding region, civic architectural and city planning, manuscript illustration, sculpture, glass and material culture, the archaeology of the city’s hospitals, monasteries and friaries, Cambridge castle and its Roman heritage.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes on any topic relating to the art, architecture and archaeology of medieval Cambridge are invited. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Gabriel Byng and/or Helen Lunnon by 1 February 2018.

For further information contact the conveners:

Dr Gabriel Byng, | Dr Helen Lunnon

The conference will be based at Sidney Sussex College, and site visits will include the Fitzwilliam Museum, Parker Library, Wren Library and other important medieval colleges and churches across the city as well as an excursion to historically significant churches and houses in the surrounding area. 

For all enquiries please contact the Hon. Conference Secretary at