27 Apr 2012 - 28 Apr 2012 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge



Prof Paul P Binski (Gonville and Caius College/History of Art, Cambridge)
Dr Spike Bucklow
(Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge)
Lucy Wrapson
(Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge)

Conference Summary

The Art and Science of Medieval Church Screens will help shape new understandings of old barriers: the richly carved and painted screens which filled medieval churches. These screens divided ‘lay’ from ‘priestly’ jurisdiction, but it has been argued also served to unify architectural space. They are found throughout Europe and survive in particularly high numbers in England, despite being part-dismantled during the Reformation.


The conference will bring together art historians, historians of religion, conservators, and conservation scientists, providing the latest scholarship on the subject from both western and eastern Europe. The geographical scope of the conference is equally broad, ranging from Scandinavia to Italy, England to Russia.


The first day of the two-day conference will be themed The European Screen, the second day Art, Religion and Science. Contributors will include:

  • Jacqueline Jung (Yale)
  • Alexei Lidov (Moscow)
  • Eamon Duffy (Cambridge)
  • Richard Marks (Cambridge)

The interdisciplinary meeting comes at the end of a three-year study on East Anglia's rood screens, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, based at the Hamilton Kerr Institute and in collaboration with the Department of the History of Art. The conference will provide an opportunity to disseminate the results of this project, to contextualise it Europe-wide, to direct future research, and to develop strategies for the future preservation of English screens.




Convened by the Cambridge University Medieval Panel Painting Research Centre with the support of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge and

the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.


Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates

We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.

Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage

NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.


Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt (Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk