Thinking about Medieval Murals

Image: Surviving lower half of the Refectory Mural in the Charterhouse, Coventry. Much of the mural is missing and part has been painted over with a coast of arms. You can see Christ's feet nailed to the cross, two men in armour and a women with a halo presumably Mary, mother of Christ.

What can surviving murals tell us about their original contexts? What are the limits of our powers of interpretation and reconstruction?

March Forum

Front cover of Prashant Kidambi's book Cricket Country. This includes a photograph of the all Indian 1911 cricket team dressed in stripey blazers and white trousers.

Prashant Kidambi talks about the ‘Indian’ cricket team’s debut in imperial Britain in 1911 and how the idea of India was fashioned on the cricket pitch.

February Forum

This is the poster for the Exhibition Knowledge is Power. The is image is a man reading a book in an armchair with a radio close by. The exhibition details are that it is at the Weston Gallery, Nottingham, and runs from 27 October until 12 March 2023.

Is knowledge power? Professor John Holford reflects on the impact of Nottingham University’s adult education department and what it contributed to the city and the surrounding area.

Living with the Wire

Pen and ink sketches of the interment camp on Isle of Man. The writing is in German so the sketches were presumably by someone interned there. There is an sketch of a row of huts; a sketch of rows of bell tents behind barbed wire; a sketch of British troops performing a flag-raising ceremony; and a map of the Isle of Man with the location of the camp on it. The map also features a Manx cat and the three leg symbol of the Isle of Man.

This talk will look at German and Austrian civilian internees on the Isle of Man during the First World War. How did they cope with ‘living with the wire’ for anything up to 5 years in captivity?