The Guild Church of St Martin within Ludgate, 10:00 - 16:45
The Stationers’ Register, an early form of copyright prior to the Copyright Act (1710), together with the theatrical performances register of the Master of the Revels, provide crucial documentation of book production and of the theatres of early modern England. This vital source of cultural memory prompts us to think, in this colloquium (established 2014), not on what has been recorded but what has been often or almost forgotten. In a great site of documentation and one of the most important cultural archives of late and post-Medieval England, we turn our attention to that which is, instead, lost or nearly lost.
Our intention is to consider five examples of cultural and/or religious problems of memory and to ask what both forgetting and remembering these features of the past—insofar that they can be remembered—does to our understanding. The five presentations and discussion will provide an accessible but informed way of approaching contrasting aspects of our inheritances that either have disappeared or we think they have.
10:00-10:10 Welcome (please bring your own coffee).
10:10-10:40 Introduction to the Stationers’ Company and to St Martin-within-Ludgate
10:45-11:15 The Right Revd. Dr. Stephen Platten (St. Martin’s and Stationers’), ‘Remembering that Jesus was a Jew’
11:15-11:45 The Revd. Canon Prof. Sarah Foot (Christ Church, Oxford), ‘Remembering Anglo-Saxon Christianity’
12:00-12:30 Prof. Alec Ryrie (Durham), ‘Remembering the Reformation’
13:00-14:15 Lunch (there is a Eucharist in the church at 13:00, which members of the colloquium are welcome to attend).
14:15-14:45 Dr. Ruth Frendo (Stationers’ Archives), ‘Remembering the margins of the Stationers’ Archives’
14:45-15:15 Prof. Francis O’Gorman (Edinburgh), ‘Remembering the missing documents of nineteenth-century British literature’