Signs and Symbols

The 23rd Harlaxton Symposium

‘Signs and Symbols’

17-20 July, 2006

Convened by Ann Payne and John Cherry

Dedicated to the Memory of Janet Backhouse


Conference Programme


The theme for the 2006 symposium, dedicated to the memory of Janet Backhouse, was Signs and Symbols. Organised by Ann Payne and John Cherry, it explored the use of signs and symbols in the Middle Ages both alone and also alongside and through the medium of the written word.

Speakers included: Adrian Ailes, Mary Carruthers, John Cherry, Elizabeth Danbury, Lucy Freeman Sandler, Christa Grössinger, Phillipa Hardman, Paul Harvey, Derek Keene, Julian Luxford, Richard Marks, Jane Martindale, Stephen Medcalf, Nigel Morgan, Elizabeth New, Richard Plant, Andrew Prescott, Nicholas Rogers, Nigel Saul, Alison Stones, Meg Twycross, Magnus Williamson and Pamela Tudor-Craig Lady Wedgwood

A visit was made to Peterborough Cathedral where Julian Limentani, Cathedral Architect to the Dean and Chapter, discussed the architectural heritage of the Cathedral. The restored ceiling was analysed by Paul Binski ‘ The Painted Nave Ceiling of Peterborough Abbey’ in The Medieval English Cathedral edited by Janet Backhouse, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, vol. X (2003), pp. 41-62.