Events & Sites


Lecture Theatre B, Humanities, Avenue Campus

There are six themed sessions across the two days of the symposium. Most sessions consist of two parts: long papers and short papers. Long papers are 20 minutes with 5 minutes for direct questions to the speaker. Short papers are 10 minutes each, after which we will invite open discussion between the entire theme’s speakers (long paper presenters and short paper presenters) and the audience, for 30 minutes.

Poster Exhibition

Foyer, Humanities, Avenue Campus

There will be a number of academic posters from undergraduates, post-graduates and researchers displayed throughout the symposium, outside lecture theatre B.  There will be prizes for the best undergraduate poster, and best post-graduate poster, which will be awarded following the keynote address on Friday evening.

Book Stalls

Foyer and Corridors, Humanities, Avenue Campus

On Friday and Saturday there will be a book stall by Archaeopress, publishers of the British Archaeological Reports series, found nearby the registration desk. On Saturday there will also be a stall by local booksellers October Books. Lastly, the organisers will be selling second hand books to raise money for the Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Any donations are welcomed and encouraged.

Keynote and Wine Reception

Friday 6pm, Westgate Hall, Old Town.

Please join us at this beautiful medieval hall in Southampton’s historic city centre for our keynote address by Dr Kate Giles. Wine and cheese (as well as soft drinks) will be served from 6pm and the winners of the poster competition will be announced. The Old Town is some distance from the Avenue Campus, so we have allowed plenty of time for you to make your way down. You can arrive by car, taxi or bus – there will be volunteers available to co-ordinate sharing taxis and escorting people by public transport.


Friday 8.30pm, the Red Lion, Old Town

Following the keynote address and wine reception, we have booked a room at one of the medieval pubs in the Old Town, the Red Lion, for dinner. You should have booked your place at the Red Lion by Wednesday 25th June and placed a food order, if this isn’t the case and you would like to join us please speak one of our volunteers or a member of the organising committee and we will try our best to accommodate you. The cost of dinner is not included in the registration fee.

Tudor Merchant's Hall "Westgate Hall". Photo:

Tudor Merchant’s Hall “Westgate Hall”. Photo: R. P Marks


Exploring the Old Town

When visiting Southampton, we recommend you take the opportunity to explore some of the medieval buildings in the Old Town. Free walking tours of the medieval sites run every Sunday, beginning at the Bargate (pictured below). Alternatively you can go it alone and use the signposted route to walk the circuit of the city walls: this map will guide you.  On the Friday evening, you will also get the chance to visit some of Southampton’s historic pubs.


One of Southampton's medieval gates: the Bargate.

One of Southampton’s medieval gates: the Bargate. Photo: Mischa Tuffield


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