Despite their apparent familiarity, why do English parish churches continue to attract the interest of historians and archaeologists? This lecture will explore some of the key questions and themes that contribute to the fascination of these buildings through three Warwickshire parish churches on which the speaker has worked, namely, St Laurence’s at Ansley; St John the Baptist at Berkswell; and St Mary’s at Tysoe.
Dr John Hunt, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at Birmingham University, is a medievalist who seeks to integrate the approaches of history, archaeology and art history in his research. Much of his current work is concerned with a regional study of parish churches and society, and with ‘The Making of Tysoe’ project. Now ‘retired’, he previously combined his academic work with a career in Adult Continuing and Community Education. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, President of the Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society, and Vice-Chair (and former Chair) of the Council for British Archaeology, West Midlands.