Medieval Lecture with Imogen Carrigan FRSA - Capel

St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel, Kent
12th July 2019
St. Thomas a Becket Church, Church Lane, Capel St. Thomas, Tonbridge Kent. TN12 6SX
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Find out more about living in medieval times, conjuring up images of the people who would have been there.

Imogen Carrigan was in the army for nearly 20 years and then turned to a life-long interest with the result that in 2004 graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History.

She has been lecturing and running study tours on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval history and uses church art as the evidence in her research.

However lovely or bizarre the images might be, it is fascinating to try to get at the people who made them and to hear their voices speaking.  Sometimes they speak to us directly and write things such as the Anglo-Saxon scribe who complained at the end of his manuscript that: “three fingers write, but my whole body labours.” 

The lecture covers 1,000 years of history taking a look at the major events and look at the individuals living through those times to try to understand them. For instance, when we see an image made around 1400, we could be seeing a reaction to the several catastrophes of the C14th, and might be looking at a cry for help, or someone reacting to the situation with sensitivity, superstition or perhaps with humour.

Imogen lectures for Martin Randall Travel, ACE Cultural Tours and other specialist travel companies leading tours which have included ‘A White Garment of Churches’ (French cathedrals), ‘Medieval Pilgrimage’, ‘Medieval Brittany’, ‘The Age of Bede’,An Appointment with Angels’ (Norfolk Churches), ‘First-Millennium Northumbria’, ‘Welsh Marches’ and An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England’. She lectures for The Arts Society (formerly called NADFAS) and is a speaker for the U3A, Kent Federation of History, East Kent National Trust amongst many others.  Imogen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Commission for Military History.

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