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Historians flock to Wingfield

Wingfield’s 1362 Festival, marking the 650th anniversary of Wingfield Church and College, begins with a two-day history symposium. It will be held at Wingfield Barns over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June.

The symposium is attracting leading experts from all over the country to discuss the latest historical research into the Earls and Dukes of Suffolk, and the University of East Anglia’s ground-breaking digital reconstructions of Wingfield Church, College and Castle. It promises to be a landmark event for anyone interested in mediaeval history and architecture in East Anglia.

Speakers include Professor Eamon Duffy of Magdalene College, Cambridge (author of the highly influential The Stripping of the Altars); Dr Rowena E. Archer from Brasenose College Oxford (expert on Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk in the mid 15th Century); and Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch of Oxford University (presenter of the BBC television series A History of Christianity).

The symposium is open to the public. If you want to join the academic and amateur historians there are a few tickets left. (Phone Wingfield Barns: 01379 384505 for details). You will discover how our local nobility shaped the history of England and see what the village of Wingfield looked like during their reign.

This is just one of the many exciting events taking place in Wingfield between Saturday 9th and Sunday 17th June. Full details of the Festival programme are at www.1362festival.wordpress.com

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