SIAH winter lecture series 2019-2020

Sat 9th November 2019

Jeremy Haslam, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

'A system of early tenth-century burhs in East Anglia? - The case of Woodbridge and Beccles'

This lecture will examine the case for the hypothesis that a system of burhs was established on the taking of control of East Anglia by King Edward the Elder in 917. This would have included burhs at Woodbridge and Beccles, amongst others.


Sat 14th December

Prof Mark Bailey

'Revolting Suffolk serfs after the Black Death'

This lecture tests the traditional view that the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 in Suffolk was a revolt against serfdom, and presents a more complex interpretation of the most turbulent period in English history.


Sat 11th Jan 2020

Dr Vivienne Aldous, History lecturer, dept History, University of Suffolk

'Surveyors and Maps in late Sixteenth Century Suffolk'

In the late sixteenth century, surveyors were developing the new technology of map-making and helping to develop ‘map-mindedness’: a new way of not only looking at the world in spatial terms, but also a concept connected with agrarian change, an increasingly commercialised land market, litigation and estate management. This talk will look at who some of this new breed of surveyors in Suffolk were, and how their work fitted into these contexts.


Sat  8th Feb

Dr Robert J. Wallis, FSA, FRAI, Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of  Communications, Arts and Social Sciences, Richmond University, The American International University of London.

‘As the Falcon her Bells’ at Sutton Hoo? Falconry in Early Anglo-Saxon England.

This lecture re-examines the earliest evidence for falconry in England and proposes that falconry may have been introduced from Scandinavia to the region of East Anglia around the late sixth to early seventh centuries, and that falconry and falconry birds may have played an important social role in this emerging kingdom.


Sat 14th March 2020

George Barlow, Independent historian

‘The Digital Beyond: Visualising Domesday East Anglia’

What new insights into the Eleventh Century East Anglian landscape can be gained from mapping the Domesday entries for Suffolk and Norfolk using GIS and modern statistical analysis and how can this snapshot inform the historical debates on the landscape and settlement development across the region during the Anglo-Saxon period?