Thursday 1st & Monday 12th June 2017 - The Music of the Use of Hereford
The Hereford Breviary is one of the most important manuscripts in the Chained Library at Hereford Cathedral. Dating from 1262-1268, it contains texts, instructions and (uniquely) the music for the medieval daily office, from Matins to Compline, as performed at Hereford Cathedral through the year.
On 1st June the Dean, the Very Revd. Michael Tavinor will discuss the Hereford Breviary and the use of Gregorian plain chant.
On 12th June Christopher Smith will explain how he has been able to re-create and perform this music for the first time in 400 years.
7pm in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral. £5 each session. Ring 01432 374225 to book.
Sunday 11th June 2017 - Field Trip: On the Trail of the Mortimers in Wales
Philip Hume, author of On the Trail of the Mortimers, will lead a tour to visit Presteigne and the site of the battle of Bryn Glas, Owain Glyndwr's great victory over an English army under Sir Edmund Mortimer in 1402. Meet at 10.00 at the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne. Members £3, non-members £4. For full details click here
Tuesday 11th July 2017 - MHS SUMMER LECTURE - Rebellion and Warfare in the Marches 1066-1154
Professor Matthew Strickland - University of Glasgow
6.30 for 7.00 Grange Court, Leominster. Members £5, non-members £6.
Please let us know if you are coming. For full details and booking arrangements click here
Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Effigies, Costumes and Music
John Gour was steward to the Mortimers in the 14th century. His effigy, with that of his wife, are in Pembridge church, together with those of his parents. Over the last two years, a team has been recreating their costumes and this is the first opportunity to see them as part of an entertaining evening.
7.30 in Pembridge church, Herefordshire. For more details click here.
Saturday 7th October 2017 - MHS AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM
In Oscars, Ludlow Assembly Rooms.
Following last year's successful innovation we are again presenting a fascinating collection of talks on a wide range of subjects, both local and national but with a strong Mortimer and Marches flavour. This day of talks will be suitable for the anyone with an interest in medieval history.
Provisional lecture titles are:
• Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen
• Foreign Exchange: English Royal Marriage in the Twelfth Century
• Sir Thomas: the Mortimer Bastard
• Networking the March: A History of Hereford and its Region from 11th-13th centuries
• The 'Traitor's Arms' in Ashperton Church, Herefordshire
• Exploring Medieval Manuscripts
More information and booking details later
Wednesday 13th December 2017 - Hereford Cathedral's Mappa Mundi
Organised by Leominster Historical Society. A talk by Sarah Arrowsmith, Head of Schools and Family Learning at Hereford Cathedral about the famous map of the world. Dated around 1300 and on a single sheet of vellum, it is the largest medieval map known to exist.
7.30 Grange Court, Leominster. Non-members £3.