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Gifts and Giving in the Middle Ages

15th December 2022 @ 6:00 pm 7:15 pm

Trinity House The Newark Leicester LE2 7BY

Wall painting at Coby Glen, Lincs, c. 1410, photo by M. Gill.

About December’s Forum

Presented by Dr Deirdre O’Sullivan

This seasonally-themed talk will give us insights into gifts and giving in the middle ages. It will examine how the giving of gifts, and giving more broadly, was a social and economic practice related to ideas around charity, exchange and patronage.

There will be hot drinks and seasonal refreshments from 6pm and the talk will start at 6.15pm and finish around 7.15pm.

We are grateful to the De Montfort University’s Public Engagement team for kindly hosting this event at Trinity House, The Newark, De Montfort University.

Access to the venue. The Newark is next to Leicester city centre, 10-15 mins walk from the railway and bus stations. There is a limited amount of parking next to the venue, for those needing ease of access, and other parking is available on campus after 6pm. For parking on campus see here. Off-street parking is also available after 6pm. Bike stands are situated close to Trinity House.

About the Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues. The Vaughan Open Research Forum takes place usually on the second Thursday of the month

About the Presenter

Deirdre O’Sullivan is a Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. She has previously worked as a field archaeologist and as a post-excavation researcher at Durham and St Andrews. Read more about Deidre on the Leicester University website.


This is an in-person event. Please register using the Eventbrite box below.

Gifts and Giving in the Middle Ages

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