Events Timeline

As part of its development and outreach, the project will be involved in a number of conferences, events and initiatives during its lifespan. Information on these will be presented below as it becomes available.

See below for a timeline detailing the various milestones for both the project itself, and various associated initiatives.

1st January 2013

The Building Accounts for St Stephen’s Chapel, Palace of Westminster, 1292-1366

The University of York & The National Archives, London, UK

Project begins.

1st October 2013

St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster: Visual & Political Culture, 1292-1941

The University of York, The Institute of Historical Research, The Palace of Westminster & The History of Parliament Trust, London, UK

Project begins.

20th February 2014

Project Seminar: Investigating St Stephen's Chapel in the Palace of Westminster

Department of History Seminar Series

Room V/120, Department of History, The University of York, UK

This provides an outline of the project's aims and structure, and highlights the significance of St Stephen's Chapel within both the medieval and modern Palaces of Westminster. Introduced by Principal Investigator, Dr John Cooper, this event features case studies of findings by Project researchers Dr James Jago and Elizabeth Biggs.

7th May 2014

Project Study Day: The Medieval Murals of St Stephen's Chapel

The British Museum, London, UK

Project members and associate researchers join forces to re-examine the surviving painted fragments of St Stephen’s Chapel in the British Museum. Associate researcher James Hillson considers the original architectural context for these fragments, supported by Tim Ayers and Maureen Jurkowski, who address the question of documentary evidence from the building accounts. Jane Spooner of the Courtauld Institute of Art considers the materials and techniques evident on the fragments, which includes the famous murals and architectural elements not on display.

9th June 2014

Colloquium Paper: The Piety of 'Vermis Sum': Speaker William Lenthall and Sacred Space at the Restoration

Department of History of Art Postdoctoral Showcase

The Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, The University of York, UK

Dr James Jago explores the political career of William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons during the Long Parliament and Commonwealth, and what light his private chapel at Burford Priory, Oxfordshire throws upon his posthumous reputation. This little known building is presented as an articulate response to notions of the sacred in the seventeenth century and as a deeply personal statement by its patron.

10th June 2014

Conference Paper: Absence in the Archives: The Case of the Dissolution of St Stephen's Chapel

Early Modernists and the Archives, 1400-1800

Senate Room, Senate House, The Institute for Historical Research, London, UK

Elizabeth Biggs addresses the problems of reconstructing the life and history of St Stephen's College, given the absence of surviving College muniments and accounts. Drawing upon a host of comparative archival sources, her research persuasively posits ways to overcome this obstacle and recover information on the College's lands, revenues and members before its dissolution under Edward VI.

28th June 2014

Conference Session: Godly Governance at St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster

Godly Governance: Religion and Political Culture in the Early Modern World, c1500-1750

Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre, The University of York, UK

Presented by Drs John Cooper, James Jago and Elizabeth Biggs, this session addresses key themes surrounding the use of St Stephen's from the close of the medieval era to the rise of the early modern period. Central to the discussion are the roles of the College of Canons as a component part of late medieval kingship and the later association between the Commons as a collective body and the Chamber that housed them. The College's last dean, John Chamber, is also a significant figure in the transition from sacred to secular usage.

19th September 2014

Conference Paper: Architecture within Architecture: Re-examining the 'Italianate Question' in the Murals of St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster

Beguiling Structures: Architecture in European Painting, 1300-1550

The National Gallery, in association with the Department of History of Art, The University of York, London, UK

Associate researcher James Hillson presents an overview of antiquarian sketches which record the medieval murals on the east wall of St Stephen’s Chapel. The depiction of royal figures in perspective niches and their relationship to the actual architecture of the building are discussed with reference to patronal and aesthetic decisions. Why such visual forms were selected is also considered.

19th September 2014

Conference Paper: From Palace Chapel to Collegiate Institution: Changing Prayer at St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster

'Profitable and Spedful to Use': Medieval and Early Modern Prayer

John Percival Building, The University of Cardiff, Wales, UK

Elizabeth Biggs examines the St Stephen’s as a place of prayer and liturgy both before and after the foundation of the college in 1348. Particular attention is paid to how the space of the Chapel governed the available liturgy, and the ways in which Edward III shaped the College’s prayers to his own self-presentation.

23rd September 2014

Project Study Day: Antiquaries, Records and Reconstructions

The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London & The Palace of Westminster, London, UK

For our second Study Day, Project members and associate researchers meet at the Society of Antiquaries for an introductory talk by Rosemary Hill on Antiquarians. This is followed by close examination of John Carter’s original drawings of St Stephen’s, Richard Smirke’s copy of the murals and comparable engraved sources. At the Undercroft Chapel, Elizabeth Wooley of the Courtauld Institute of Art presents her findings on the nineteenth century east wall murals and decorative paintwork scheme, followed by an inspection of EW Tristram’s twentieth century reconstructions of lost murals from St Stephen’s.

30th October 2014

Conference Session: Reconstructing St Stephen's Chapel in the Palace of Westminster

Reconstructing Lost Spaces: Acoustic, Spatial, Ceremonial Contexts

Lecture Theatre, Centre d’Etudes Supérieurs de la Renaissance, Tours, France

Presented by Drs John Cooper and James Jago, this session explores the questions posed by attempting to reconstruction the medieval St Stephen’s Chapel, and later Commons Chamber, with reference to researches undertaken by Elizabeth Biggs and James Hillson. Special points for consideration inclu

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