The Soldier in later Medieval England

Conference: 'England's Wars, 1272 - 1399'

20 - 22 July 2009
University of Reading, ICMA Centre

Further information

Funding and costs

Every effort has been made to keep the costs of the conference to a minimum. The fully-inclusive price for the conference (attendance on all three days, two nights on-campus accommodation, breakfast and lunch, conference dinner and conference fee) is £250 (reduced to £160 for full time students). It is also possible to book full conference attendance without accommodation or attendance on a particular day. Full details are given in the booking form, available from the website.


The conference will be hosted at the University of Reading, ICMA Centre, on its Whiteknights campus. For details and directions, see: www.icmacentre.ac.uk
Reading is conveniently located for major transport links via road and rail, approximately 25 minutes by train from London Paddington or around 45 minutes by coach from London Heathrow Airport. The university campus is a short taxi ride from Reading station/town centre.

Content, Dates and times

The conference will start on Monday 20th July 2009 at 11am and finish at 5.15pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2009. The conference consists of a total of twenty-six papers in eight sessions as well as two keynote papers delivered by Dr Andrew Ayton and Professor Phillippe Contamine. In addition, there will be a reception with hot buffet and wine at the ICMA Centre on Monday evening, and the Conference Dinner will be held on Tuesday 21st July 2009 at a restaurant close to campus. The organisers are very pleased to announce that Professor Michael Prestwich has agreed to deliver the after dinner speech. It is also hoped to include a demonstration of the longbow on Tuesday afternoon, subject to health and safety restrictions.


On campus accommodation has been reserved for delegates at the conference. This consists of ensuite study bedrooms in the modern student hall, Windsor Wing (McCombie and Greenow blocks). Bed and breakfast will be provided. The hall is just five minutes walk to the ICMA Centre. There is a limited block booking, so your reservation will not be confirmed until a receipt of booking is issued. Alternative accommodation is available on campus at Black Horse House, and also private hotels in the vicinity of campus and in Reading Town Centre. More information on these can be provided on request. It is assumed that people will be staying Monday and Tuesday evenings and leaving on Wednesday. If further accommodation is required (either Sunday or Wednesday evenings) please contact Dr. Bell directly as it may be possible to obtain on-campus accommodation for extra nights.

Details: http://www.reading.ac.uk/life/accommodation/acc_Windsor.asp

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided in the ICMA Centre during the conference.


Interested publishers will be invited to set up stalls at the ICMA Centre throughout the duration of the conference, and Boydell have already confirmed that they will attend.

Fifteenth Century Conference

The subsequent period will be dealt with as a strand at the annual Fifteenth Century England conference, to be held at Southampton in early September 2010.


Details of speakers and abstracts are available now on the website. The provisional programme will be published later this month.



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