Last year the Friends of Worcestershire Archives helped us with the purchase of a fascinating document sent to Worcester by Edward VI, shortly after succeeding his father, Henry VIII. This is now in the care of Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and the Friends have organised an event to look into Worcester at the time and what the document can tell us about what was planned.
An event entitled 'Edward Tudor’s Illuminating Manuscript: the effects on Worcestershire religious houses of a charter of 1547', will take place on Saturday 29 March at Worcester Guildhall. Five highly respected experts will explore the issues raised by one of the boy king, Edward’s, earliest documents—Letters Patent confirming a decree of the Court of Augmentations— relating to several dissolved monasteries and convents in the Diocese of Worcester.
Programme for the day:
9.15- 9.45: Tea/coffee on arrival
10.00: From Father to Son, Henry VIII to Edward VI: the Political Scene in England in 1547. Dr Sylvia Gill, Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of Birmingham.
11.15: Scenes from Clerical Life: The Diocese of Worcester Under the Italian Bishops. Kevin Down, BA, Sometime lecturer in Medieval History, School of Continuing Studies, the University of Birmingham.
12.00:Lunch (not included) and opportunity to look at the Tudor documents from Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service
1.45: Tudor Documents on Display. Dr Bethany Hamblen, MA (Medieval Studies), MSc Econ (Archive Administration), Archivist and Conserving Archives, Rhonda Niven, Diploma in Conservation/Restoration of Books and Library Materials, Conservator.
4.15: Plenary session
Roger Leake, Chair of Friends of Worcestershire Archives, said, "This is a rare document from the brief reign of Edward VI, who seems to have had his own firm ideas. This event provides the opportunity to find out more the effects and background to the charter, as well as seeing other historic manuscripts from the archives."
The event costs £20 and more information can be obtained from Roger Leake, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 01386 710382