Blog of the Week: Medieval Midlands Blog

Medieval Midlands: New Online Hub for Medievalists in the Midlands


The Background

In late 2013, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced that from 2014 it would be directing its postgraduate funding into regional Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). In reaction to this scheme, the three cities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham united to form the Midlands3Cities consortium which, since its creation, has been aiming to inspire increased collaboration between the six universities it encompasses:

  • The University of Birmingham (UoB)
  • Birmingham City University (BCU)
  • The University of Leicester (UoL)
  • De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU)
  • The University of Nottingham (UoN)
  • Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Realising the huge potential this consortium holds for medievalists in the Midlands, several postgraduate (PG) students and early career researchers (ECRs) decided to set up a website to unite medievalists from across the three cities.

The website launched in January 2015 and has been publicising medieval news and events taking place in the Midlands ever since!

The Project

Medieval Midlands is an online hub linking the research activities of medieval staff and students in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham. The site is maintained by an editing team of PGs and ECRs from across the consortium:

Main editor: Emma Vosper (UoN)

Editing team: Morn Capper (UoL); Martin Findell (UoL); Matthew Hefferan (UoN); Cassie Hunter (DMU); Jonathan Jarrett (Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham); Steve Ling (UoL); and Dan Reynolds (UoB).

What’s on the website?

  • An up-to-date calendar of events detailing lectures, seminars, conferences and PG events taking place in the Midlands. If you know of an event that should be included please email Emma at
  • A list of staff working in the field of medieval studies at each of the six universities.
  • A page for PGs to find out about training events and reading/ research groups based in the three cities.
  • Blog posts on all the latest medieval happenings in the Midlands!



The Future

We’re always looking for new content so if you have an idea for a future blog post, have a project taking place in the Midlands soon, or you’re interested in joining the Medieval Midlands editing team please contact Emma Vosper at

In the next few weeks we’ll be posting:

  • A review of the Midlands Viking Symposium 2015 (which this year was held at the University of Leicester), by Aya Van Renterghem (UoN)
  • A beginner’s guide to Kalamazoo, by Tom Rochester (UoB)
  • A review of Prof Faith Wallis’ seminar on ‘The Heresies of Scholars in Bede’s Commentary on the Book of Proverbs’ (held by the Heresy and Dissent Research Network, UoN) on 6 May 2015.
  • A breakdown of what happened at the first Three Minute Thesis competition held by the Institute for Medieval Research (UoN) on 27 May 2015.

Keep up-to-date with the latest developments by following us on Twitter (@med_midlands) and finding us on Facebook!


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