Today graffiti is considered both anti-social and destructive, and certainly not something we would encourage in our places of worship. However, this simply wasn’t the case in the Middle Ages. Recent large scale surveys have revealed that the walls of our medieval English churches are covered in tens of thousands of early inscriptions; most of which have never previously been recorded. This entirely new corpus of medieval material is giving us fascinating insights into the medieval parish, and the minds of those who inhabited it. The new discoveries include everything from prayers to blessings, demons to curses, and reflect just how members of the medieval congregation interacted with their church – rediscovering the lost voices of England's churches.
The medieval graffiti day schools are designed for those who already have an interest in the subject, but want to learn a little more about the types of inscriptions currently being recorded, their origins, and meaning. A full day of lectures, talks and discussions, led by Matthew Champion - England's leading expert on early graffiti inscriptions - in a stunning setting on the glorious north Norfolk coast. All refreshments and lunch are provided.