Saturday 14th March 2015 AGM plus Leintwardine and the Mortimers
Leintwardine is a village in North Herefordshire close to Wigmore. This free morning event starts at 10.00 with coffee available from 9.30. The venue is Leintwardine Village Hall in the High Street (SY7 0LB) and the event is open to everyone. Our brief AGM will be followed by a talk on the Mortimer connection by Jonathan Hopkinson who is a member of the Leintwardine Historical Society. This is followed by a visit to the church with its Mortimer chapel and ancient pews reportedly from Wigmore Abbey. The proposed new constitution for the Society can be viewed by clicking here
Saturday 16th May 2015 Spring Conference - Law and Order in Medieval England
Sunday 17th March 2015 Visit to the Magna Carta Exhibition in Hereford Cathedral
This year our conference is being held at the Hereford Academy. Our speakers include David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at King's College, London, Professor Daniel Power and Matthew Stevens of Swansea University and the historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Greatest Knight on William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke (died 1219). We have organised special group tours of the Magna Carta exhibition on the following afternoon. For full details and online booking click here
Friday 12th June 2015 The Mortimers of Wigmore: twelve generations of violent revolt (and even more violent loyalty) 1075-1425
Our President, Dr Ian Mortimer, will be speaking on this theme at the AsparaWriting Festival in Evesham, an event specifically designed for aspiring writers. For more details and booking go to http://asparawritingfestival.co.uk/ian-mortimer
June 2015 Visit to Dolforwyn and Newtown, Powys
The extensive remains of Dolforwyn Castle are situated close to the River Severn, north-east of Newtown. The castle was built between 1273 and 1277 by the Welsh prince, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, as a defence against incursions into mid-Wales by the English. It was captured by Roger Mortimer (died 1282) in 1277 and remained in the hands of the Mortimers for some time. Rather than develop the site, however, Roger chose a more suitable place nearby and in 1279 he founded a new town at........Newtown.
August 1st - 14th 2015 Celebration of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham 1265
Roger Mortimer (died 1282) is said to have been personally responsible for killing Simon de Montfort in the battle and to have sent Simon's head to Wigmore Castle for his wife to see. A fortnight of events at Evesham include key speeches by Professor David Carpenter and Dr David Cox, both patrons of the Simon de Montfort Society. American author and MHS member, Katherine Ashe has written a four-volume fictionalised biography of Simon de Montfort. She will be speaking at a buffet supper in Evesham on 10th August.
Saturday 26th September 2015 Art Workshop at Kilpeck
This event will focus on the work of the 12th century Herefordshire School of Sculpture. It will be held at Kilpeck village hall, close to Kilpeck church, Herefordshire, that contains some of the finest examples of their work. For more information click here